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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Store Locator

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News & Announcements

Dec 11, 2017

Kapnick Orchards Wins 21st Annual Cider Contest

Kapnick Orchards Wins 21st Annual Cider Contest GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Cider makers Scott Robertello and Bruce Schaffer of Kapnick Orchards in Britton, Mich., took home first place in the 21st...

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Oct 16, 2017

Michigan Apples are “treats” during Halloween

Michigan Apples are “treats” during Halloween Michigan Apples to sponsor Halloween events LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Apples will be making appearances at the Detroit Zoo’s...

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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.

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.

Glei's Orchards and Greenhouses

Meet the Growers

Glei's Orchards and Greenhouses

Glei’s Orchards and Greenhouses is located in Hillsdale Michigan with a second retail outlet in Coldwater Michigan. Glei’s produces apples, sweet corn, pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, assorted summer vegetables and bedding plants. Damon said the most unique aspect of his farm is the diversification of the company including his orchard, greenhouses and Christmas tree 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 »

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!
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!
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!
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.

Michigan Apples Blog

Bourbon Apple Cider Punch

Bourbon Apple Cider Punch

Our friend Lori Yates, from Foxes Love Lemons, shows us how to spice up a classic Michigan refreshment to make the perfect cocktail for the holidays! ...

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Apple Cinnamon Oat Energy Bites

Apple Cinnamon Oat Energy Bites

Our friend Kristy from Chocolate Slopes has created a tasty, nutritious snack with Michigan Apples! Now that we have unofficially started the holid...

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White Cheddar, Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Chicken

White Cheddar, Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Chicken

White Cheddar, Apple and Cranberry Stuffed Chicken from The Nutritionist Reviews is ready in just 30 minutes and is full of flavor! The mix of sw...

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