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

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Enter the Michigan Apples Locally Grown Sweepstakes

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News & Announcements

Dec 11, 2014

Mary Stoll Crowned 2015 Michigan Apple Queen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 11, 2014 CONTACT: Diane Smith 800-456-2753 Diane@michiganapples.com   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Stoll of Kent City has been crowned the 2015 Michigan Apple...

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Dec 11, 2014

Engelsma’s Apple Barn Wins 18th Annual Cider Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 11, 2014 CONTACT: Diane Smith 800-456-2753 Diane@michiganapples.com   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jim and Becky Engelsma and their daughter, Bridgette of Engelsma...

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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.

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.

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.

   

Have you entered the
Michigan Apple Recipe Contest at Zehnder’s Snowfest?

Enter your Favorite Recipe in our

Amateur Recipe Contest! 

Enter your pie, dessert or sandwich recipe for the contest, held January 21 in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The Grand Prize winner will be sent to the World Food Championships in Kissimmee, Florida! Prizes will also be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.

 Download and Print your Registration Form

The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) is looking for talented amateur cooks to submit their favorite Michigan apple recipe for the 2014 Michigan Apple Amateur Recipe Contest. The contest will run from Dec. 1, 2014, through Jan. 31, 2015. entries will be judged based on taste, originality, preparation, and apple significance. The three highest scoring recipes will receive a KitchenAid®, 250-Watt, 4-1/2-Quart, Stand Mixer.

Download Official Contest Rules

Ed Wittenbach

Meet the Growers

Ed Wittenbach

The family farm was started in 1900 by Ed's grandfather, Fredrick Wittenbach. It began as a dairy farm, with a small apple orchard. After receiving his horticulture degree from Michigan State University, Ed returned to the farm and took over the family business. He decided to get out of cattle and focus on apples. Ed's vision paid off. His orchard has blossomed to 225 acres and continues to be a profitable family-run business.

Michigan Apple Blog

Michigan Apples Blog

Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade – Hillary Heeren

Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade – Hillary Heeren

On Saturday November nineteenth I was invited to be a part of the Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade. For a mid-November day I was surprised to have very...

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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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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

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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!
Apples Roasted with Root Vegetables

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Apples Roasted with Root Vegetables

Tart Michigan apples, mixed with roasted vegetables and topped with a delicious Balsamic Thyme Vinaigrette!
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!
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.

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Apple and Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches

This is no ordinary barbeque pulled pork sandwich. With Michigan apple juice concentrate and a cinnamon-sugar apple mixture, it is sure to spice up any family barbeque!

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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!
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!
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.
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!