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PHOTOS: Pickin' and grinnin' at New London, Minnesota, apple orchard

The Land opened up its orchard for picking two Saturdays in October.

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Daren Murphy picks an apple from a tree at The Land just south of New London the morning of Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, as he spends time at the orchard with his family.
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NEW LONDON — A brisk fall morning couldn't deter apple lovers from all around to come attend one last picking session at The Land just south of New London on Saturday.

Apples were ripe and waiting to be picked from the orchard just south of New London off Old Mill Road.

Previous owners of the property mainly focused on producing wine. However, when Mateo Mackbee and Erin Lucas invested in the business now called The Land, along with Kyle and Marin Novak, in August of 2021, one of the things they wanted to start working toward was improving the orchard, which has been around for quite some time.

With some trees experiencing a dormant year, the orchard mainly had Haralson for folks to pick. Haralsons are known for being optimal apples for creating jams, pies and apple crisps.

The orchard also has Golden Crisps, Honey Crisps and Zestars. According to Kyle Novak, they hope to add more species in the coming years.

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Oliver the dog prepares to grab an apple out of the grass Saturday, Oct.15, 2022, at the apple orchard located at The Land just south of New London.
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Helper Phil Holland trims an apple tree while performing maintenance on the orchard Saturday, Oct.15, 2022, at The Land south of New London.
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An apple hangs from a tree at The Land on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.
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Enan Murphy, 4, pauses while checking an apple for bad spots during a pick-your-on day Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at the apple orchard located at The Land in rural New London.
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Mateo Mackbee, one of the investors in The Land south of New London, trims back apple trees at the property during an apple picking event Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.
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Joe Lucas rides his bike around the apple orchard at The Land south of New London on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.
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Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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