Celebrating Fall and Families

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(ABC 6 News) – Halloween season is still going strong, but that’s not why one Olmsted County orchard is open for business.

Patty and Steve Eckdahl started Northwood Orchard back in 1987. Located just northwest of Rochester, the orchard originally the main crop was strawberries while they waited for their apple trees to mature.

“It was my husbands dream to start this orchard.” Patty said. “and we’ve enjoyed ever minute of it.”

While apples are now their top crop, fall bring a different story. The farm goers hybrid, offering apples, corn, pumpkins and other homemade goods.

Unlike other pumpkin patches and corn mazes, Northwood considers Halloween as an after thought with their business.

“We aren’t really here to celebrate Halloween,” Patty said. “We are more here to celebrate Falls and families.”

Northwood has two mazes on it’s property. The bigger if the two includes a scavenger hunt.

Northwood will be open until Halloween from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.