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Hennepin County

Knapton s Raspberries,Apples & Pumpkins - Raspberries, Apples & Pumpkins
Greenfield, MN. Phone: 763-479-1184. 

  • Comments from a visitor on July 11, 2010: " We can't say enough about this place. We actually stopped for pie cherries. The fruit was abundant and beautiful. Pesticide free. The owner made the experience. This one gets five stars from us. We're already planning a trip back for raspberries. "
  • Comments from a visitor on July 23, 2008: "My friend and I had a fantastic experience at this farm. We called and asked about hours to be sure, and they were very friendly. When we arrived, the owner was kind enough to show us what patch to pick from and some tips to help us find the best raspberries. On a perfect sunny day like today, it was truly great to be able to have a place like this to pick delicious berries. Thank you to the owners for being so hospitable and contributing to our raspberry pie making! Great experience! "
  • Comments from a visitor on July 19, 2008: "Raspberries are SOOOO GOOD! This was our first time picking at Knapton's Raspberry Farm. It was the best patch we've been to in the metro area and would highly recommend it. The picking was excellent and we were delighted to learn that no pesticides were used. we are definitely going there again next year. "
  • Comments from a visitor on July 15, 2008: "We have gone to the Knapton's rasberry patch for several years. We've found the fruit exceptional and the owner's very friendly. We've gone out with our children and grandchildren and have never had a bad experience (other than sunburn). "

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