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Record Year for the AppleHouse

Thank you for helping us make the AppleHouse a success this season!

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Photo by Susie Eaton Hopper.

By Susie Eaton Hopper

We want to give a huge thank you to the customers of the AppleHouse! We’ve had a record year during a very tough time, almost doubling sales from last year. 

Because of our 100 years of U of M apple research, we now have apples from late August through November. They store well, so we have had many varieties that people enjoy eating and cooking throughout the season, when more people were eating at home.

We also want to give a big shout out to the AppleHouse staff, including Jim Elskamp who manages our apples; he had an amazing variety of U of M varieties available this year. Also, kudos to Gift & Garden Store manager Patti Mirabelli, who conceptualized the AppleHouse Holiday Boutique and kept interesting and compelling merchandise on the shelves. Also, thank you to the hard-working AppleHouse staff! They are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The wonderful pumpkin and squash offerings from John and Jenny Thull are also an AppleHouse favorite, especially with Jenny’s recipe cards. A special thanks also to North Star Donuts, who made many, many fans and repeat customers at the AppleHouse.

In a very difficult financial year, the AppleHouse was a bright spot! All proceeds go to the Arboretum operating fund, an enormous boost. 

Handmade items from the Arboretum Auxiliary are available for sale at the AppleHouse. Photo by Susie Eaton Hopper.

Starting Wednesday, Dec. 9, there’s a Red Dot Clearance at both the AppleHouse Holiday Boutique and the Gift & Garden Store through Dec. 20. Look for the Red Dot to get 40 percent off (no other member discount applies). Lots of seasonal decor, winter apparel, games, gifts for kids, puzzles, lots of specialty food items and nature-inspired housewares – and of course our famous apples! And BOGO (buy one bag, get one free) on apples! Come on out, no reservations or memberships needed to shop the AppleHouse.

For the Gift & Garden Store, make a reservation at arb.umn.edu and come complete your holiday shopping! 

AppleHouse Holiday Boutique, 7485 Rolling Acres Rd., open 10-5 daily.

Arboretum Gift & Garden Store, 3675 Arboretum Dr., open 9-3 daily, 612-301-7619.

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