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.

Where to find
Michigan Apples

Farm Markets

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

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News & Announcements

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 ...

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Jan 06, 2017

Michigan Apple Industry Wraps 2016 Calendar Year in Record Fashion

Industry Tracks 11 Consecutive Record Shipment Weeks LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple industry set new shipment records eleven weeks in a row from October 15 through Christmas, accord...

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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.

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.

Roger Umlor

Meet the Growers

Roger Umlor

Roger's grandfather, Walter Umlor, bought the land in 1930 and started the farm with 80 acres, which has always been heavy in fruit production.  Today, there is one main farm in Conklin, as well as two satellite farms in the Hart and Shelby area, consisting of about 600 total acres and over 340 acres of apples.  Roger, along with his father Bob, uncle Ray, brother Mark and cousin Steve run the farm together.

Do you know your
Michigan apple varieties?

Fuji

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

Check out some of our favorite Michigan apple recipes. View All ยป

Apple Salsa

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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!
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!
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!

Michigan Apples Blog

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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Apple, Prosciutto & Figgy Goat Cheese Tartines

Apple, Prosciutto & Figgy Goat Cheese Tartines

Lori Yates, from Foxes Love Lemons, teaches us how to make a light spring meal! When the spring weather finally starts to roll into Michigan, I'...

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Sausage Apple Breakfast Strata

Sausage Apple Breakfast Strata

This strata is simple to make, full of flavor and nutritious, from The Nutritionist Reviews. Make ahead and eat during the week or serve to a crowd on...

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