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

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

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News & Announcements

Oct 05, 2018

Michigan Apples Meet Runners at the Finish Line

MAC Sponsors Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Third Year                                      CHIC...

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Oct 02, 2018

Governor Snyder proclaims October Michigan Apple Month

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Rick Snyder has once again declared October Michigan Apple Month recognizing the importance of the Michigan Apple industry. Michigan Apple growers dedicate their tim...

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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.

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.

The Umlor Family

Meet the Growers

The Umlor Family

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 »

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.

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.

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!

Michigan Apples Blog

Joy the Baker's Michigan Apple Morning Buns  

Joy the Baker's Michigan Apple Morning Buns  

Recipe for Joy the Baker's Michigan Apple Morning Buns   Makes 8 buns   For the dough: &nb...

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Joy the Baker's Browned Butter Bourbon Apple Galette

Joy the Baker's Browned Butter Bourbon Apple Galette

Recipe for Joy the Baker's Browned Butter Bourbon Apple Galette Makes a 9-inch square galette For the Crust: 2 ½ cups all...

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Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Fall Vegetables & Apples

Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Fall Vegetables & Apples

Kristy Hegner, MPH, RDN of Chocolate Slopes brings us a fall-themed sheet pan dinner that is pleasing to the eyes and tastebuds!  Since moving...

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