Where Apples Love to Grow

Michigan is the nation’s second largest producer of apples. There are more than 11.3 million apple trees covering 35,500 acres on 825 family-run farms in Michigan. Growers pride themselves on a rich heritage of producing an array of fine apple varieties.

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Michigan Apples

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News & Announcements

May 04, 2017

Michigan Apple Grower to Testify at Senate Farm Bill Hearing

Chris Alpers of Lake Leelanau to appear in front of U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Apple grower Chris Alpers of Redpath Orchards in Lake Leelanau, Michigan will s...


Jan 30, 2017

MAC Awards 2017 Apple Recipe Contest Winners

Winners announced for Zehnder’s Snowfest Apple Recipe Contest LANSING, Mich. — Congratulations to the 2017 Michigan Apple Recipe Contest winners! The competition was held on Jan. 25 at ...



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.


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.


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.


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.

J Engelsma Orchards, Inc.

Meet the Growers

J Engelsma Orchards, Inc.

Jim Engelsma’s grandfather George bought an 80 acre farm in 1920 and began farming 18 dairy cows and 35 acres of raspberries and other vegetables on the land that is now called J Engelsma Orchards, Inc. Jim’s father was the first person to plant apple trees on their land. Currently, Jim farms 145 acres of apples and peaches and his fresh apple cider has won many awards over the years.

Do you know your
Michigan apple varieties?


New to Michigan’s apple line-up, Fuji is Japan’s favorite apple for good reason! Fantastic sweet and tart flavor, with a low acid content. An incredibly good keeper, Fuji stays crisp for weeks!

Michigan Fuji apple

Michigan Apple Recipes

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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!
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!
South Pacific Fresh Apple & Sirloin Salad

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South Pacific Fresh Apple & Sirloin Salad

Michigan Fuji apples give this savory salad a delightful sweetness and a great burst of flavor!

Michigan Apples Blog

Get ready for back -to-school with this healthy breakfast that can double as a yummy snack!

Get ready for back -to-school with this healthy breakfast that can double as a yummy snack!

Try these Apple English Muffin Sandwiches from our friend Katie at Mom to Mom Nutrition! These Apple English Muffin Sandwiches combine the classic ...

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Try This Unique Salad for Any Time of Day!

Try This Unique Salad for Any Time of Day!

Amanda Hernandez of The Nutritionist Reviews Creates A Breakfast Salad for Michigan Apples Breakfast Salad with Warm Maple Vinaigrette is a unique ...

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Honeycrisp Apple & Broccoli Salad

Honeycrisp Apple & Broccoli Salad

A lightened up twist on a family favorite recipe. Crunchy Honeycrisp apples are paired with broccoli, sunflower seeds, raisins and bacon—a perfe...

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