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+00urs00a00, October 00o11 Community Tri-Coun News * Kimball, MN i ::_-+ + ....... " " + ............ r A sweet, new harvest in Fair Haven By ]ean Doran Matua The fall harvest is fully under way here in central Minnesota. But it's not all corn and soybeans that's filling the hoppers. At FairhaVen Farm, the fields and orchards are filled with pumpkins and apples ready to be picked. Or you can find them ready for purchase in their shop. What's new this year, however, is three new varieties of apple, all found this year only at Fairhaven Farm: Peachy Keen, KinderKrisp, and Intensity. Next year, trees of these varieties will be available commercially, and it will be a few years yet before these apples are available in grocery stores. Co-owner David MacGregor came upon these varieties by happy accident. Apples came originally from Kazakhstan, and those origi- nal apples were mostly bitter and inedible. Centuries of careful- and accidental- crossing of variet- ies have led to the numerous tasty apples we enjoy today. Commercial apples are prop- agated by grafting a new variety onto a reliable root stock variety. The resulting apples are only from the variety of the graft. MacGregor developed these three new varieties from seed, a much riskier way to go about it, as the odds are that only one in 10,000 of the resulting trees will yield fruit that's edible He planted seeds from the now-favorite Hon- eycrisp variety of apple in hopes that the resulting trees would cross with neighboring varieties. In the case of Intensity and KinderKrisp, one parent is Honey- crisp and MacGregor has guessed KinderKrisp and intensity apples are two of three new varieties of apples available at Fairhaven Farm this year. Peachy Keen is the earliest of the three varieties, and both Peachy Keen and KinderKrisp are finished for this season. Intensity (the larger apple in the lower left corner) is still available; the smaller apples, one whole and one sliced, are KinderKrisp. These varieties were developed by Fairhaven Farm co-owner David MacGregor, and will be commercially available next year. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. at the other parent (Zestar in the case of KinderKrisp, and Haralson in the case of Intensity). Peachy Keen has been described as being very sweet, with an "interesting" flavor. MacGregor has worked with the University of Minnesota to develop cold-hardy grapes and other fruits. He and his wife and partner Marsha Anklam have operated Fairhaven Farm for sev- INCt0D[$. Page 3 KinderKrisp is much like Honey- crisp but a little less sweet, and a little smaller. Intensity has all the crispness of Honeycrisp, and a bright flavor that explodes in your mouth. eral years. Maze (bring your flashlight) Wagon Rides , Bonfire Cosmic Bounce Night Mini Golf 57649 MN Hwy. 55, Eden Valley We are located on State Hwy. 55, 3.5 miles West of Eden Valley or 7.5 miles East of Paynesville www.a azenfarmyard.com (320)453-6901 Restrictions on open burning lifted in Minnesota Recent widespread precipi- tation and cooler temperatures have eased the critical fire danger across the state, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has lifted restrictions on open burning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14. Campfires will be allowed throughout the state and permits for open burning of debris will be issued once again. The DNR reminds every- one that, although the state- wide restrictions are lifted, local areas, counties or municipali- ties may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burn- ing operations. Everyone should check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before con- ducting any open burning. The Minnesota Interagency Fire Center advises anyone con- ducting burning that in addition to following the open burning laws and regulations, they should keep their burn piles small, have a water supply nearby, and stay with the fire until it is completely out. If fire escapes, the homeowner is responsible for damage and sup- pression costs. Burning permits are avail- able through state and federal for- estry offices, township fire war- dens, and a $5 calendar year per- mit is available online at http:// webapps l.dnr.state.mn, us / burning_permits. Check out our Photo Gallery at WWW. tricountynews.00N THOUSANDS of photos of schools, sports, and community events to view and purchase prints! 1tt ANNAHDALE HEALTH WELLNESS CEHTEN We have a heated pool and state-of-the-art equiprnentl  DusSn to make an aplpomm 320-274-1470 Tell him  saw this ad & FREE ENROLLMENT ($49 value)! Dustin Henkeiman, Wetness C(x)nnalor 500 Park St. East, Annandale