Over 100 adults learned all about growing apples at the Fall-for-All Apple Growing Workshop on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Sapsucker Farms between Mora and Henriette.
Annie Klodd, U of M Extension fruits educator, shared the opportunities and challenges of growing apples here in Minnesota’s Hardiness Zone 3. Sapsucker Farms co-owner Debbie Morrison told workshop participants of the need that Minnesota’s cider industry and Sapsucker Farms have for people to grow apple trees for cider. Her husband Jim Morrison and Klodd led the participants in a discussion on varieties, pruning, diseases and other topics of interest in Sapsucker Farms’ USDA Certified Organic Orchard.
Twenty children had a chance to hand turn an apple press and taste the cider that they created. They also got to go on a scavenger hunt, see a vegetable-growing hoop house, make bee houses, see chickens in the orchard, make forest gardens and other fun activities. Participants also enjoyed taste testing several varieties of apples including the new First Kiss variety, as well as Sweet Tango, Zestar and other varieties.
The workshop was planned, conducted and sponsored by over 20 University of Minnesota Extension Kanabec County Master Gardeners in cooperation with the Kanabec County Extension Committee members. This is an example of one of the many educational activities that Master Gardeners in each county conduct throughout the year.