Join the FUN at Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard, a family tradition since 1971. We’re located just outside Jordan and minutes from the Minneapolis metro area.
Open year around for Private Events. Open for Wagon Rides and Bon Fires mid-May through December. Contact us for reservations and information.
The Orchard calendar begins in the Spring with the Blessing of our Apple Blossoms, when Summer fades the action heats up with August starting our spectacular Apple Season. Kicking the Apple Season off is our Annual Appletennial Fall Festival. When autumn hits full swing starting in October, Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest hits it’s peak with more apples than you can imagine, as well as pumpkins, strawberries, and of course our famous wagon rides through this naturally gorgeous property.
As always you can pick your own apples or buy fresh picked in the Apple Lodge, all the way through November.
The Lodge Grill offers light lunch fare; hot dogs, brats, pulled meat sandwiches, and other delicious lunch foods. As always our Caramel Apples are handmade with apples picked straight from our trees.
Come and “pick your fun”.
For 35 years the family continued to enhance the orchard experience for our guests. My brother, Topper (18) was at the helm. He loved this place, these trees, and everyone who came to enjoy and share the fruit of everyone’s labor. In 2005, not long after Mother(Mid) Sponsel died, we had to sell the land. But, the new owner extended a generous lease to Topper to continue operating the Orchard. Topper died suddenly 3 months later (age 53) and the lease was taken over by others with more short term interests. Suffice it to say, the Sponsel family, along with local partners, have stepped in to renovate and restore the operation.
Here we are today. We know we cannot reproduce all the features you have come to expect right away. Rejuvenating the trees and buildings has taken all year. Great care and hard work has gone into growing this 2011 crop. Many devoted friends have worked without pay, and out of pocket to be able to open the gates in time for you this year. We hope you come out and enjoy your day.
~ Susan (Sponsel) Kelly