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John McPherson, horticulturist at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, stands in the 11-acre orchard he has taken care of for the last 11 years. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Apples: One man's fruitful journey

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When the sun rises on the apple orchard at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center it glistens on the dew-covered fruit that a young John McPherson literally fell for when he just a boy.


"My mom took me to Aamodt's Apples when I was 12," said McPherson. "It was the first time I tasted something other than a Red Delicious. I took one bite out of a Fireside and I was hooked."

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