Great Lakes, Great Flavors

Michigan is the nation’s third largest producer of apples. There are more than 9.2 million apple trees covering 36,500 acres on 850 family-run farms in Michigan. Growers pride themselves on a rich heritage of producing an array of fine apple varieties.

Where to find
Michigan Apples

Farm Markets

Find a farm market and buy Michigan apples direct from growers.

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Store Locator

Use our store locator to find stores carrying Michigan apples.

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News & Announcements

Oct 03, 2014

Governor Snyder declares October Pure Michigan Apple Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 1, 2014 CONTACT: Diane Smith 800-456-2753 Diane@michiganapples.com LANSING, Mich. — Governor Rick Snyder recognizes t...

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Aug 25, 2014

Large Michigan Apple crop expected again this year

Official crop estimate of 28.74 million bushels for 2014 announced today

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Fall

Fall is the season everyone has been waiting for! Beginning in August with some early varieties such as Ginger Gold and Paula Red, workers begin hand-harvesting the fruit into large apple buckets, that are then transferred to large bins. One bin full of apples weighs about 800 pounds! Harvest continues through the end of October. More than 16 varieties of apple (and nearly one billion pounds of apples) are harvested during this three-month window.

Winter

Michigan’s apple trees are dormant in winter, storing nutrients and energy they will need to produce the next crop. Even though the temperature has dropped and snow covers Michigan’s orchards, growers are still hard at work during the winter months. The apple trees get pruned and many growers take advantage of the colder weather ensure their facilities and equipment are ready for the season.

Spring

Spring is a busy and beautiful time in Michigan orchards. Typically April is a time for planting new trees, and in May orchards become wonderfully fragrant with the rows and rows of pink and white apple blossoms. The orchards are literally buzzing during this time as well, as bees are hard at work pollinating the blossoms. These blossoms are the beginning of the crop for the coming fall.

Summer

For Michigan apple growers, summer is all about achieving just the right balance of fruit. Thinning, the process of removing some of the developing fruit from the trees, allows the remaining fruit to utilize more of the nutrients and energy from the tree to grow bigger and more flavorful. Growers are continually checking the size of the fruit and monitoring development.

Joe Rasch Orchards, Inc.

Meet the Growers

Joe Rasch Orchards, Inc.

Growing up on an apple farm, working in the apple industry seemed like second nature to Joe Rasch. Joe Rasch Orchards, Inc. now has two locations in Conklin and Sparta, where he harvests apples and cherries every season. His five children, Jessica, Rob, Katie, Emily and Liz, get to experience the same everyday lifestyle that their dad had growing up on an apple farm.

Michigan Apple Blog

Michigan Apples Blog

What Megan's Making with Michigan Apples: Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Apples and Cinnamon

What Megan's Making with Michigan Apples: Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Apples and Cinnamon

Another great recipe from Megan of What Megan's Making!

In case you can't tell, I absolutely love to cook and bake with apples. 

 

 

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Rachel Cooks – A great healthy snack for all ages!

Rachel Cooks – A great healthy snack for all ages!

Rachel, food blogger from Rachel Cooks, tries healthy Ginger Cinnamon Apple Chips with Michigan Apples

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Did you know?

When Michigan apples are picked they are placed in controlled atmosphere (CA) storage rooms where oxygen is reduced to 1.5 percent and carbon dioxide is kept at 3 to 5 percent. The room is then sealed at a temperature between 31 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and it cannot be entered until the shipper is ready to pack the apples and send them to market. Even after months in CA storage, an apple can be as crisp and fresh-tasting as it was the day after picking.

Michigan Apple
Recipes

Check out some of our favorite michigan apple recipes.

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Apple Salsa

Mix up any gathering with chips and homemade apple salsa. The variety of fruit and vegetables give this dish great flavor, texture and color too!
Roasted Rome & Feta Salad

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Roasted Rome & Feta Salad

Michigan Rome apples, bacon and feta cheese give this salad great flavor!
Apple Salad Bundles

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Apple Salad Bundles

These apple salad bundles are perfect for an appetizer or side to the main course. With chopped Gala apples, bacon and toasted almonds, these bundles will be a family favorite!
Maple Ginger Sweet Potatoes with Apples

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Maple Ginger Sweet Potatoes with Apples

A healthy side dish that goes with any main course!
Harvest Apple Salad

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Harvest Apple Salad

A fresh salad with apples and grapes, perfect for fall!
Creamy Blue Cheese and Honey Apple Topped Crostini

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Creamy Blue Cheese and Honey Apple Topped Crostini

A mixture of sweet and savory in this dish! Try this blue cheese and honey apple mixture on top of crackers or baguettes for a great appetizer.
Easy Apple Breakfast Cobbler

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Easy Apple Breakfast Cobbler

What could be better than warm apple cobbler for breakfast? Put the ingredients in your crock pot overnight and wake up to the wonderful smell of cinnamon and apples.

Apple Berry Smoothie

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Apple Berry Smoothie

Fresh berries, yogurt and Michigan apple pie filling make this smoothie a delicious afternoon snack!
Apple Salad with Candied Bacon and Goat Cheese

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Apple Salad with Candied Bacon and Goat Cheese

Try juicy Honeycrisp apples in this side salad with candied bacon and goat cheese.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Apple Relish

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Apple Relish

Tenderloin served with a warm mustard and Michigan apple relish, loaded with rich flavor!