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Even though visitors can't pick off the trees, there is still lots to do at Afton Apple as demonstrated by the Hudson Moms Group which took a tour of the orchard on Sept. 10. Amber Kispert.

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When fall rolls around, it brings with it cooler weather, changing leaves and most importantly a fresh crisp apple.

"When you bite into a fresh Minnesota apple, it doesn't get much better than that," said John McPherson, who is the orchard director at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings.


For many families, heading out to the apple orchard is a family tradition, whether it's to pick a few apples, drink some hot cider or maybe just go for a hayride.

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