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"They picked us," says Mark Grimes, who runs Homestead Arts Farm in Pine Island with his wife, Lori Grimes, welcoming people to learn about their fuzzy friends.
The first Duluth Apple Palooza at Beaver River Farm featured a craft fair, live music, wagon rides, food trucks, animals and, of course, apples.
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“I don’t think anything comes out of sitting in a cell,” said Kathy Lionberger, division director at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center.
When Jay Clark and Tammy Soma Clark began Rochester's Apples R Us in 2009 they only had 300 trees planted, now in 2022, they have over 12,500 with plans to plant a third orchard section by 2024.
The 15-acre lot of apple trees in Rochester is now almost 10 times in size since it was purchased in 1962.
“Not everyone wants to be a beekeeper," said Claire Lande, of Farm Lande. "There’s something a little more hardcore about it."

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From the column: "American family farms have become specialized and highly marketable food sources for increasingly conscious consumers. ... These farms must be doing something right because Big Ag has been trying to match their success through clever marketing schemes designed to make factory-farmed food appear to be more ethically sourced than it is."
“In the initial years, we felt kind of embarrassed that we were the ones to take that leap," said Veronica Gaidelis-Langer, owner of Sweet Land Farm. "I am so proud of how far we’ve come and how much we’ve learned.”
The incident occurred while he was repairing the round baler on Tuesday, July 19.

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