Minnesota’s apple crop has arrived early. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says most varieties are ripening one to two weeks ahead of normal, and many orchards already have early-season varieties for sale. While the crop is smaller than usual, the department says quality is still high. The early start to the harvest has its roots in Minnesota’s unusually warm March. Unfortunately, that also left the apple blossoms vulnerable to frost at a critical time in April. While many growers are expecting a much smaller crop, the department says some growers are seeing more apples than they been expecting right after the frost. To find locally-grown products near you go to www.minnesotagrown.com.