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Ferguson’s Orchards plants 54,000 apple trees

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LAKE CITY, Minn. (WXOW) -- A local orchard is expanding its regional reach with the largest apple tree planting in the state of Minnesota's history.

Ferguson's Orchards is in the process of planting 54,000 Honeycrisp apple trees in their Lake City, Minnesota orchard.

The Honeycrisp apples, know as "Firestorm" or "Royal Red" will be ready for harvest in about four years. Joe Ferguson, co-owner of Ferguson's, said the process is very rewarding.

"We are very excited this is a very big deal for us. It’s a very big deal for our region, it helps and it helps reinvigorate the Apple industry around us. You know, it’s not just Washington state now that has big-time orchards. It’s the Midwest, and we’re trying to prove to people that we can do it right out here too and to get excited about Apple season."

The Ferguson's grow apples on approximately 250,000 apple trees, with orchards located in Galesville, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Lake City, which makes them the largest apple orchard in the Midwest excluding Michigan.

The orchard's Eau Claire location is a place Chippewa Valley residents can go for a fun fall day. Co-owner Andy Ferguson said the orchard is getting ready to reopen on Aug. 21.

"This fall, we're really excited we're adding a couple of really big things that are still a secret. We haven't really released them. We're not ready to break news here on that. But, we're always adding new, fun activities," he said.

"Hopefully, we're getting known for changing it up every year and doing new things for all ages."

For more information on the Orchard, visit their website at www.fergusonsorchard.com.

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