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.

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News & Announcements

Aug 25, 2014

Large Michigan Apple crop expected again this year

Official crop estimate of 28.74 million bushels for 2014 announced today

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Jul 17, 2014

Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Michigan Apple Committee

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Michael Dietrich, of Conklin, and the reappointments of Gary Bartley, of Dowagiac, and Damon Glei, of Hillsdale, to the Michigan Apple Committee.

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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.

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

Rachel Cooks – A great healthy snack for all ages!

Rachel Cooks – A great healthy snack for all ages!

Rachel, food blogger from Rachel Cooks, tries healthy Ginger Cinnamon Apple Chips with Michigan Apples

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Michigan Apple Queen enjoys variety in first half of her reign

Michigan Apple Queen enjoys variety in first half of her reign

It’s hard to believe that my year as the Michigan Apple Queen is nearly half over.

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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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Apple Salad with Candied Bacon and Goat Cheese

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Apple Salad with Candied Bacon and Goat Cheese

Created by Diane Nemitz of Ludington, Michigan

Cider Glazed Chicken with Easy Apple Raisin Stuffing

Posted in: Main Dishes

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.

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.