News Channel 8: Leidel’s Apples
LA CRESCENT, MN – One of the area’s most well-known apple stands is now open for the season, after some questions about its future.
Leidel’s Apple Stand in La Crescent opened at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Even though the Leidel’s have been in the apple business since 1917, the stand had been operated by another family for about the last thirty years.
When they decided to retire last fall, the future of the stand fell into the hands of the youngest Leidel, 21-year-old Mitch.
Mitch decided to graduate a year early from the University of Minnesota and take over the stand.
He said it hasn’t been easy but he’s happy with his decision.
“I think we just want to carry on the tradition of apples in La Crescent. There’s a storied history with La Crosse and the apple industry; particularily my family. There’s almost 100 years that we’re been involved with the history of apples and we weren’t ready to throw in the towel yet. We just really wanted to keep that going,” said Mitch Leidel.
The Leidel’s own an orchard in La Crescent that has not been operational for a number of years.
The family is considering reopening that as well.