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Maya Barrett was at Afton Apple with her family last weekend. She picks a McIntosh apple, one of 10 pounds of apples they were taking to share with neighbors at a weekly community meal. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

South Washington County apple orchards ripe for good season

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Area apple growers are excited about this fall's bounty.

The crop in the St. Croix Valley is "excellent," according to Charlie Johnson, owner of Whistling Well Farm in Denmark Township.

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"There's a really nice crop this year," according to the message greeting customers at Apple Junction.

This is welcome news to growers who faced a lean year last season when hail damaged the area's apple crop.

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