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Location: on the beautiful prairie of MN
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I grew up in Apple Valley (which is right next to Burnsville) and lived there until 3 years ago. I think there are little pockets of crunchiness all over, but it might not be the norm. When we lived in Apple Valley, we had neighbors who used chem-lawn and fed their kids Mt. Dew and granola bars all day long. I also had neighbors who used an organic lawn service, breastfed their kids into toddlerhood and line-dried their cloth diapers. Both kind of families were considered acceptable. I also had a lot of similar-minded friends, many of whom I met through the Apple Valley LLL group.
As for schools, the Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan school district is generally considered to be excellent. Lakeville schools also have a good reputation. Burnsville schools don't have as good of a reputation, but they don't have a horrible reputation either. I know a ton of people who graduated from Burnsville High School who were happy with their experiences there and who have gone on to do fabulous things in life.
If you are looking for a brand new home, you may have better luck looking in the suburbs that are further out. Although there are a few new developments in Apple Valley, most of the new construction is going to be in places like Lakeville, Farmington, Rosemount, Savage and Shakopee (these citiesare all within 30 minutes of Burnsville). Regardless of where you live, you're going to be pretty close to farmer's markets. Most suburbs have at least weekly farmer's markets during the growing season. As was mentioned before, there is a nice natural foods store in Burnsville. There are also Whole Foods and Trader Joes in the metro area, but are further north. There are also a ton of independent natural food stores sprinkled throughout the metro.
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