This apple tree sits on some farmland in Carver County that my family has owned since Lincoln signed the Homestead Act in 1862. My father remembers it being about 5 feet tall in the ’60s. Today it’s about 30 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter. Sometime in the last 20 years it started fruiting and today I picked about three full crates of large ripe apples from the limbs. The apples taste great and harvesting something from the land generations of my family has lived and worked feels even better.