MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Orchards are ripe for the picking — literally.
The seasonal apple harvest is underway and the supply has already started flowing.
Early varieties like Zestar and Paula Red can already be found in stores, and SweeTango is just starting.
“As a result of the cool spring weather, most varieties will ripen about 7 to 10 days later than normal,” said Paul Hugunin, the Coordinator of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Minnesota Grown Program. “If you’re looking for a specific variety it’s a good idea to call ahead or check the orchard’s website to verify which varieties are available.”
The popular Honeycrisp variety will be available in mid to late September.
Hugunin said there are 115 retail orchards listed in the MDA’s Minnesota Grown Directory. Many of them also have pumpkin patches, raspberries and hayrides.
Click here for more information on Minnesota Grown Directory and to find an orchard near you.