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Meet the Owners

Lowell and Phyllis Schaper

lowell-phyllisIn 1972 Lowell and Phyllis Schaper built their family home on forty rolling acres in Minnetrista. Four years later in 1976 after the first planting of some 600 apple trees, Minnetonka Orchards was born. For the last 35 years this family owned and operated apple orchard has been worked by the family under the guidance of Lowell and Phyllis and has blossomed into a first class Agri-tourism destination for families in the Twin Cities and beyond. Boasting some 12 acres of rolling apple orchards, the business has grown into a popular fall destination for families seeking a unique experience.

Starting in 2005, Minnetonka Orchards began hosting outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. Today, they offer wedding ceremonies in the orchard and receptions in their 5,000 square-foot event tent starting in May. With enough room to accommodate large events, Minnetonka Orchards also offers food menu services, orchard style! If you can dream it up, Minnetonka Orchards has the tools to help make your event truly unique.

From customized wedding party hayrides, bon-fires, or horse drawn escorts to outdoor decorating options, our 40 acres is your canvas.

In the fall visitors to the orchard will find apple varieties such as: Honeycrisp, SweeTango®, Zestar, Haralson, and Sweet Sixteen to name a few. Orchard guests can pick there own apples or purchase pre-picked apples in the retail barn. Don’t forget to stop by the Donut House and get one of those “almost famous” apple donuts, or satisfy your hunger at the Brat House or Feed Hut with an Apple Cider Brat!

One family favorite at the orchard are the hayrides. Hayracks pulled by restored antique tractors through the orchard and wooded portions of the property are enjoyed by all. No matter if you’re a fan of John Deere, Farmall or Ford, they have a tractor that fits your style. Children also enjoy climbing on the wooden choo-choo train, playing on the gigantic hay mountain, feeding the goats, or simply winding their way through the corn maze.

Our Team

Kelly Delisle

Kelly Delisle

Special Events Coordinator
Kelly Delisle is the Orchard's Operations Manager & Wedding/Corporate Events Specialist. She is married with 5 kids, who have all pitched in working at the Orchard. Kelly is a paramedic/nurse by trade, but has been working with us for the past 4 years, and loves every minute of it. If there is anything she can do for you or your family please feel free to contact her.
Heidi Ziman

Heidi Ziman

School Tour Coordinator
Heidi Ziman has been working at Minnetonka Orchards for the past 15 years and serves as the Tour Director and a Tour Guide. She is also a professional singer and entertainer and is passionate about every aspect of her work. She loves to "Edutain" which is a combination of educate and entertain and will go out of her way to make sure that everyone who visits our orchard has the best experience possible.