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Published November 06, 2011, 10:10 PM

Man Brings Apples, but Also Friendship to Grand Forks Parking Lot

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Keeping a small family business would seem easy, but apple grower Alan Davis is giving a new meaning to family business.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Keeping a small family business would seem easy, but apple grower Alan Davis is giving a new meaning to family business.

His family ships apples all over the world, but one place in particular keeps him coming back, year after year.

Davis sells his apples on the side of the road in a K-Mart parking lot. For the past 42 years he has come to Grand Forks, trucks fully-loaded with apples, just to give the people here a taste of what he grows in Oregon.

"42 years ago and it started out of desperation of my grandfather who hauled apples out of Jamestown, Valley City, Fargo," Davis said.

Davis and his buddies come to the Red River Valley three times a year, during the fall and winter to sell apples out of a truck. If it isn't the truck attracting people, it must be his granny smith's.

"People are happy to see us. Today it's a working vacation and I like to get away and see all my friends," Davis said.

Davis says the one thing that's just as sweet, if not sweeter than the apples he sells are the friendships he's made.

"Grand Forks was the first town I came to and I've got good friends, really great friends I've known for 40 years and are still my good friends here," Davis said.

And just because he came to Grand Forks 42 years ago with his grandfather, he met his best friends.

"It's wonderful relationships with people that are happy to see you," Davis said.

So the people here can enjoy another year of fresh apples while Alan can cherish the friendships he has made.

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