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Monday, June 13, 2011

Sherburne County Can Grow Anything!

In the past I have commented on the multitude of crops that have been grown in Sherburne County.  Farmers of the county have raised strawberries, corn, potatoes, and soybeans.  Even tobacco and ginseng have been raised in the county.

But, I think I have finally found the truly unusual, maybe unique, plant.  The Sherburne County Star News on June 17, 1897 reported that Mrs. Chester Nickerson had been tenderly cultivating an orange tree in her home.  “The tree is about three feet high” and was brought indoors during cold weather.  “We have never been accustomed to brag about Minnesota,” the newspaper said.  “There are half a dozen oranges,” on the tree!

The crops, plants and produce to come out of the county never cease to amaze me.  The cultivating skills of the people of Sherburne County are uniquely noteworthy.

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