By Michelle M. Sharp, Founder and Content Creator of Meet the Minnesota Makers

If you saw a tractor driving on Pilot Knob Road between Eagan and Lakeville in 1995, the driver may have been Applewood Orchard co-founder Mark Parranto. He drove the tractor from his Eagan home to the Lakeville field where the orchard is now, before they built their first barn. Jon and Chris, the second generation orchard owners, were teenagers when their parents announced that they bought a corn and bean field in Lakeville where they planned to plant fruit trees. Their parents took a horticulture class through the University of Minnesota about orchards and decided to build a new family business.

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