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COLLEGEVILLE -- Since 1999 Todd Beumer and his family have owned and operated Collegeville Orchards.

Home to 25 varieties of apples, the orchard is open the Friday before Labor Day till the Sunday following Halloween.

Orchard owner Todd Beumer says the demand for apples continues to rise causing him to lease two more orchards.

"We are busy enough where we can't keep up demand so I lease two other orchards in Grey Eagle and Annandale."

Like most crops, the summer drought didn't help the apple growing season. Beumer says the apples may be small but taste great.

"The quality of the fruit is great, but the size is smaller than we normally expect."

Along with apples Collegeville Orchards sell pumpkins, honey, syrup, and spices. They even have something for the whole family to do.

"Every Saturday and Sunday we hold wagon rides through the orchards, the petting zoo, pick your own pumpkin, and pumpkin painting."

Beumer says while the orchard is a lot of fun, he couldn't do it without help from his friends and family.

"We are lucky to have family and friends that step in and help us out so much."

Collegeville Orchards is located two miles from St. Johns University and are open everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Collegeville Orchards have fun events for the whole family during the Fall Season. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)