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Throwback Thursday: The Apple of my Eye

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Throwback Thursday: The Apple of my Eye


Haralson apples from Stillwater MN


We had a wonderful package arrive in the mail today, a shipment of 20 Haralson Apples from Aamodt's Apple Farm in Stillwater, MN.


We lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of MN for about 2 1/2 years, quite a few years ago, and often went to the charming town of Stillwater, on the St. Croix River between MN and WI. There were some neat shops and restaurants there and we also discovered the area orchards.


In particular we grew to love Haralson apples - they have been hard to find elsewhere, even when living in apple country in suburban Boston (while we can go pick apples in Julian CA in the mountains an hour from Carlsbad, they just don't compare) so every now and then we order a box as a treat.


Aamodt's also has Honeycrisp apples which are also a fave, but we can get those here in the stores occasionally. The Haralson apples always bring back fond memories of living in MN (despite those cold winters).

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello Jeff, I have never heard of Haralson apples before reading this post.  It is a beautiful thing to be able to order things online and have them shipped to our front door. Enjoy your apples! 


Oct 08, 2020 05:06 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Jeff,  Those are some great looking apples.  It's always nice to re-visit those good old times.  Honeycrisps are one of our favorites here, as well.

Oct 08, 2020 05:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeff-  I'm familiar with Honey Crisp apples but not Haralson apples!  I buy Honey Crisps and Fuji apples. 

Oct 08, 2020 05:33 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Those apple crisp apples are as safe as they can be 😃

Happy Thursday evening Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Oct 08, 2020 08:02 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

We had never heard of them until we moved to Minnesota.


Oct 08, 2020 10:17 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Jeff.

When we moved to our current home, my wife planted an apple tree.  This year it bore the fruit, however they are small, but still tasty

Oct 09, 2020 01:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, have not heard of the variety of apple, but sure sounds like quite the treat.  ENJOY them! 

Oct 09, 2020 04:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jeff... first time I've heard of this variety of apple. Then again, I'm not a big apple eater... so really relate to only maybe three or four varieties.

Oct 09, 2020 05:36 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those apples certainly look delicious!  I have never considered ordering apples, I just pick out the ones that are on sale at the grocery store, haha.

Oct 09, 2020 05:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

That is a special gift that many of us would love to receive.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Oct 09, 2020 06:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The Haralson apple was introduced by the Minnesota Horticulture Research Center in 1922. It is named after Charles Haralson, superintendent of the University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm.

Oct 09, 2020 06:56 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I lived in Minnesota, and have my undergraduate degree from the U of M in Minneapolis, and Haralson apples are news to me.  I will have to ask my nephew if he knows these apples...A

Oct 09, 2020 07:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

And they taste great, too Bob Crane 

I like a variety of apples, too Kathy Streib but some are definitely better than others.

Thanks Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 


Oct 09, 2020 08:11 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James Dray  Small is OK as long as they are tasty.

Thanks Joan Cox  We've already eaten a couple, are taking some to both our daughters, and I think a pie is planned next!


Oct 09, 2020 01:33 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Jeff I have never had a Haralson apple, but I have had Honeycrisp.  In fact a local orchard about 7 miles from me grows them, they are my favorite, especially picked fresh off the tree.

Oct 09, 2020 02:04 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We love apples and have been to apple country in Southern California as well.  In Oregon we have Hood River which produces some wonderful varietals, but I cannot recall Haralson apples.

Oct 09, 2020 02:38 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jeff Dowler, CRS - this is quite interesting.  I know that I like some apples better than others but never gave it thought.

Oct 10, 2020 04:11 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff so you have been moving from the rent collectors even before here?? seriously I love apples and my go to apple is Jazz Apples how does this compare? Endre

Oct 11, 2020 05:17 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Interesting - I've never heard of the Jazz apples either! I'm on the lookout now for both those and the Haralson apple.

Oct 11, 2020 09:00 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Jeff! I haven't tried the Haralson apple but, do LOVE Honeycrisp! Those look divine and how cool that they bring back such wonderful memories for you.

Oct 11, 2020 09:00 PM