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Grapes are ready to be picked at Falconer Vineyards. John Falconer said harvest, which should finish up in the coming weeks, ran later than usual due to a larger than normal crop

Local orchard and vinyard harvest on track to be a good one

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Fall harvest is well under way in the area's orchards and vineyards. This year's haul seems to be somewhat of a mixed bag, ranging from slightly small to what John Falconer of Falconer Vineyards in Red Wing calls a "bumper crop."


"For us, it's a little smaller than we'd like to see," said Nick Lucking, of Lucking's Cannon Valley Orchard in Cannon Falls.

"We have a solid crop," said Vince Steffen of Apple Ridge Orchard and Vineyard in Mazeppa.

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