Where Apples Love to Grow

Michigan is the nation’s third 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

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News & Announcements

Dec 11, 2018

Klein Cider Mill of Sparta Wins 22nd Annual Cider Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Klein Cider Mill of Sparta, Mich., won first place at the 22nd annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest. The contest took place at DeVos Convention Center on December 5, with 26...

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Celeste LeMieux crowned 2019 Michigan Apple Queen
Dec 10, 2018

Celeste LeMieux crowned 2019 Michigan Apple Queen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Celeste LeMieux of Conklin, Mich. has been crowned the 2019 Michigan Apple Queen. Lauren Freeland of Kent City, Mich. is first runner-up. LeMieux is the daughter of Davi...

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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.

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.

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.

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

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 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!
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!
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!
Cider Glazed Chicken with Easy Apple Raisin Stuffing

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Cider Glazed Chicken with Easy Apple Raisin Stuffing

A quick and easy dinner your whole family will enjoy! Serve with a prepared green salad to complete the meal.

Michigan Apples Blog

Apple & Cranberry Strudel

Apple & Cranberry Strudel

Ashleigh from Dash of Evans shares her latest recipe featuring Michigan Apples! This time of year is jam packed with events and I’m alway...

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Cheesy Apple & Bacon Phyllo Cup Appetizers

Cheesy Apple & Bacon Phyllo Cup Appetizers

Our friend Lori, from Foxes Love Lemons, shares a tasty new appetizer recipe! There's a few things that I like to keep on hand for qui...

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Melissa d'Arabian's Weeknight Pork Roast with Michigan Apple-Onion Gravy

Melissa d'Arabian's Weeknight Pork Roast with Michigan Apple-Onion Gravy

Recipe 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 ½ teaspoons granulated garlic ¾ teaspoon kosher salt 1 2-pound pork tenderloin, trimmed...

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