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Preston Apple & Berry Farm expecting larger crop this year


Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

Owners Carol and Joe Gosi show two pies just taken out of the oven at the Preston Apple & Berry Farm. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

Hopes are high for a more bountiful crop this year at the Preston Apple & Berry Farm after several years of lower harvest amounts. Owners Joe and Carol Gosi state that this year’s crop looks better as long as rain and cooler weather come soon. Joe says that right now they can’t get color on the apples and if rain and/or cooler temperatures do not arrive soon, the fruit will begin to suffer.

Joe and Carol opened the Preston Apple & Berry Farm in 1985 which means they have been picking apples for 28 years and show no signs of stopping or even slowing down. The business is open seven days a week from 9a.m. - 6p.m. during the busy time of year. Preston Apple & Berry Farm is open mid-March until Christmas with special products available all year.

The Gosi’s grow 28 different varieties of apples including Whitney, Sunrise, Delicious, and Regent to name just a few that can be found at the Preston Apple & Berry Farm. The growing season this year has “been different from the start” says Joe with snow in late Spring then an overabundance of rain followed by a long dry spell.

Last year the business produced 512 bushels of apples and believe they should have more than that this year. The most popular variety they sell now and since they opened is the Honeycrisp. Joe said that is the variety everyone wants right now commenting, “Everybody wants it before they get ripe.” They are so anxious to sample them and use some for baking and other uses.

Speaking of baking, Joe knows his way around an oven making 10-15 pies a day with an average of 75 or 80 per week. According to Joe the most widely used types of apples for pies are Honeycrisp and Wealthy although he uses many different varieties to make his pies. Joe explained that Wealthy apples are an old variety and originated in Minnesota.

In 1995 a bakery was added where customers can find many treats including caramel apples, bars, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and the biggest seller - turnovers. The Gosi’s also provide free coffee with the purchase of a bakery item which is quite a deal.

Many other items are offered at the Preston Apple & Berry Farm including several types of Jams and Jellies, some of which are made by Amish in Illinois. Watkins products, pancake syrup, horseradish, sorghum, and honey are some other choices available. Since opening the business Joe and Carol have sold popcorn wh .....
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“Trout, Trails, & Treats!” in Preston

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

Preston celebrates “Taste of the Trail” on Saturday, September 21 at the Trailhead Park in Preston. Guests can enjoy biking along our scenic trails and also test taste local foods. But “taste” also includes non-edible samplings, giving visit ..... 
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Preston to proceed with plans for Twenty-14 Project

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Stantec engineer Brett Grabau explained at the public hearing for the Twenty-14 Project that the proposed project will involve about one-third of the city’s streets and underlying utilities. A resolution was adopted later during the September 3 ci ..... 
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2014 annual Trout Fishing Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The public is invited to join in on some fishing fun at the Preston Trailhead Park on Saturday, September 14. The National Trout Center and the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter are co-sponsoring the event which offers a variety of afternoon outdoor ..... 
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“The greatest love that has ever been”

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, When the August 12 issue arrived, my first reaction was shock and then sadness to see this front page article. My first thoughts were: Have I ever seen a Christian marriage make the front page and if so, how long has it been? My ne ..... 
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Engagement - Smith ~ Nagel

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Jackie Crowson, Ken Smith and step-father Ross Abel, of Rochester Minn. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Elizabeth Smith to David Allen Nagel, son of Jim and Cheryl Nagel of Preston, Minn. The bride-to-be is a 2001 g ..... 
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Savor “Taste of the Trail” in Fountain, Harmony & Preston on September 21

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On three Saturdays in September, the Root River Trail System will feature local food, artisans, entertainment, culture, and fun during an annual trail wide event, Taste of the Trail. On September 21, the towns of Fountain, Harmony and Preston are ..... 
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Robert (Bob) Eugene Linden

Thu, Sep 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Robert (Bob) Eugene Linden passed away on September 3, 2013 at Grand Meadow Healthcare Center. He was born on March 15, 1954 to Eugene and Gertrude (Lopez) Linden in Savanna, Ill. He graduated from Preston-Fountain High School in 1972. He worked f ..... 
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David M. Ryan

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

The Memorial Mass for David M. Ryan, 66, of Stewartville, MN will be at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday (September 4, 2013) at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville, MN with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Mr. Ryan died on Thursday (August 29, 2013 ..... 
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