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Old 09-10-2010, 02:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I would love to take dd apple picking this year, but after reading that apples are on the "dirty dozen" list, we are only eating organic apples. Are there any organic orchards near the Twin Cities? It's ok if they aren't certified, as long as they use natural or organic practices.
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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YES! The only one I have found and that we go to is Sam Kedem in Hastings.

http://www.kedemroses.com/

It's fun to take the kids because they also have chickens and, depending on what time of the year, frogs in the small pond by the driveway. They also have strawberries and raspberries PYO.

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Sam has virtually no apples this year. Many places don't due to the apples blooming early and a frost when they were in full bloom. There aren't many organic orchards - it's very expensive to certify and very hard to grow apples organically. We do have many orchards that are Food Alliance certified and use IPM techniques. These are the orchards I have found that are Food Alliance certified or say they use IPM techniques.

http://www.whistlingwellfarm.com/index.html

http://www.applejackorchards.com/

http://carpenternaturecenter.org/?page_id=151

http://www.pinetreeappleorchard.com/

http://sweetlandorchard.com/

http://www.naturafarms.com/

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Deditus - thanks for the great list!

I just wanted to add that we love Natura Farms, we went apple picking there last year. We've been back this year already for berry picking and hope to go back again for apples.

We also like the folks from Sweetland Orchard. We haven't been to their farm, but we visit them at the Mill City Farmers Market. Their raw apple cider is fantastic!



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Pine Tree lost their crop due to hail this year per their FB page

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Natura lost theirs due to a May frost. Anyone know a farm that does actually have some off hand before I start calling?

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