Paul spoke of the history of the orchard being established by Gil and Evelyn Courtier in 1949. The orchard continued under Courtier management by their son Dennis until 2018. Ferguson Orchards now manages the original orchard.
Paul also told the group of how the Honey Crisp apple was developed at the U of M and that Pepin Heights was the first orchard to grow the Honey Crisp apple. Pepin Heights Orchards delivered the first Honeycrisp apples to grocery stores in 1997.
The Honey Crisp apple is now grown all over the world. Paul related that in taste tests with Honey Crisp apples grown in different locations, the apples grown in Minnesota and the Midwest are rated the best tasting as the soil in Lake City and the Midwest produces the flavor the apple was developed for by the U of M. So make sure you buy your Honey Crisp apples in Lake City where they were meant to be grown.
After enjoying the spectacular bluff top view of Lake Pepin and Lake City the group returned to Roschen Park to celebrate the participants who completed the ”The 150 Challenge” (walking 150 minutes a week or walking 150 miles over the 10 week event.)
Drawings were held for Lake City Chamber Bucks; $25 to Becky Schultze and Terry Smith for “The 150 Challenge” and $10 Chamber Bucks for 10 walkers who attended the weekly group walks. Door prizes were also given away to all who attended.
The Walking Lake Pepin organizers would like to thank Treats and Treasures, Anytime Fitness, Fresh Market, Cannon Valley Trail, Sand and Ross Bendickson, Jim and Ann Scheck and Patty Svien for their donations and support of the 2022 summer community walking event.