Updated: 09/02/2013 10:20 PM
Created: 09/02/2013 4:48 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
Chris Aamodt showed KSTP around his family's apple farm in Stillwater. He says, they are a month into their harvest.
"This crop this year is far better than last year. Last year we got stung by that early spring and from the Mississippi all the way to the East coast suffered from freeze damage," he said.
Aamodt's has a 50 acre retail farm. He says, he hopes to get three to four bushels from each tree. There are three apple harvests: an early-season , a mid-season and a late-season harvest. The bloom is the most important part.
"And then if we don't have the bees to have the time to work and cross pollinate all the apple trees then we've got problems," Aamodt said.
Aamodt's sells at least 20 different varieties every year. And a number of people have shown up at the farm to pick their favorite.
"The apples around this time are very crisp. Some of them are very mushy but they all taste the same, very juicy to," Kim Fang said.
According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Apples are the most important fruit crop in the state, with an annual harvest of 18 million pounds and an estimated market value between $8 and $9 million. Aamodt's says, he's thankful for the turn around.
Chris says, the apple industry is always evolving. In fact they've worked with a private breeder to come up with a new variety of apple called "Sweet River Belle." Last year he says, they had 50 bushels and they sold out in about five hours.