Local apple orchard undergoes change in ownership Submitted: 09/20/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu

Local apple orchard undergoes change in ownership
MERRILL - Autumn brings amber colors, acorns, and a lot of apples.

One local apple orchard is booming even though it underwent a few changes right before the picking season hit.

"I've taken over the farm, and we're transitioning now to ownership," said Olivia Telschow, who was a nurse for more than 12 years. But that all changed two years ago.

"My dad had a bout of cancer and it really took him out of the position to farm full time," explained Telschow.

And two weeks ago her mother retired, a change that led Telschow to transition from manager of Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill to the new owner.

"It was kind of a blessing," said Telschow.

Telschow had no problem hanging up her stethoscope for an apple peeler because she wanted the farm to stay in the family.

"This was my great-grandparents' farm. It's been in the family for almost 95 years or 96 years," said Telschow.

And in all her years on the farm, Telschow has never seen or tasted apples as good as this year's harvest.

"I can't explain it. It's better than honeycrisp, and you're going to want to try it," Telschow said with a laugh.

Even with the warmer winter and wet spring, the apples have ripened to perfection.

But aside from the taste, Telschow says it's just a great place for families to bond.

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