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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.

Several local orchards hurt by spring frost and summer hail

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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.

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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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