Source: Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Minnesota apple growers say the 2010 harvest has arrived about a week to 10 days earlier this year due to the warm spring and recent warm weather. Customers looking for a favorite variety are advised to call ahead to time their trip.

Minnesota is known for the quality and variety of such apples as Haralson, Zestar and Honeycrisp, all popular fruit developed by the University of Minnesota. They are varieties that thrive in Minnesota's harsh climate of cold winters and hot summers. There are more than 100 commercial apple orchards that harvest fruit for sale at retail stores and for customers who want to pick their own.

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