{meet the family}

LuceLine Orchard is a sprawling 155 acre property located in Watertown, MN on the Luce Line Trail. Rich Pawelk and his wife Terri Traen started the orchard in 2004 with a dream and 300 apple trees.

 

Today the orchard is just shy of 10,000 trees, 4,500 grape vines, and 10 acres of pumpkins. Their vision combined with hard work from family and friends has allowed them to open to the public for the first time this year.

 

They have seven different varieties of apples, loads of pumpkins, gourds, squash and a variety of foods with our own unique apple twist. With 80 acres of woods and wetland, walkers, runners, bikers, horse riders, bird watchers and dogs on leash will have plenty to do and see. Everything available for purchase at the orchard is Minnesota made. Come on out and experience the friendly small town farm feeling of LuceLine Orchard.

 

Rich Pawelk grew up on a farm three miles west of Watertown (Montrose). Terri grew up in Delano and spent a good part of her childhood at her Grandparents’ dairy farm on Pioneer Trail in Greenfield. Farming was in their blood. They met the summer before 11th grade on a blind date. The first eight years of their marriage was spent farming with Rich’s parents near the Luce Line Trail. Things changed, and with heavy hearts they left the farm heading out with their three children to a new life.

 

Living once again near the beloved LuceLine Trail in Plymouth, Rich started working nights at US Foods in Plymouth, Terri at KQRS in Minneapolis. It took years, but they got back to their roots. In 2004, they bought the farm directly on the LuceLine! The first crop was pumpkins. In 2007 the first 300 apple trees were planted. In 2009 the first acre of grapes. With help from family and friends nearly 10,000 apple trees and six acres of grapes have been planted.

 

On September 12, 2012 LuceLine Orchard was born!