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

Oct 08, 2019

Michigan Apples Meet Runners at the Finish Line

MAC Sponsors Bank of America Chicago Marathon for Fourth Year                                       ...

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Sep 27, 2019

Governor Whitmer proclaims October Michigan Apple Month

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October to be Michigan Apple Month, recognizing the importance of the Michigan Apple industry. Michigan is known for its diverse agri...

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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.

Dietrich Orchards

Meet the Growers

Dietrich Orchards

Dietrich Orchards was started by Al Dietrich's great-great grandfather Joseph Dietrich five generations ago and the family business has remained intact ever since.  However, Al, his brother Joe and his cousins Mike and Jim, have split the business into two operations.  Al and his brother run Ridgeview Orchards and his cousins run Leo Dietrich and Sons.  The two operations still operate through Dietrich Orchards, the packing, storing and shipping portion of the business.

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

Apple Salsa

Posted in: Sides, Healthy Living

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 Berry Smoothie

Posted in: Beverages

Apple Berry Smoothie

Fresh berries, yogurt and Michigan apple pie filling make this smoothie a delicious afternoon snack!
South Pacific Fresh Apple & Sirloin Salad

Posted in: Salads, Healthy Living

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

Posted in: Main Dishes

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.

Michigan Apples Blog

The Ultimate Comfort Food: Skillet Mac and Cheese with Bacon & Apples

The Ultimate Comfort Food: Skillet Mac and Cheese with Bacon & Apples

Lori from Foxes Love Lemons created this delicious and comforting dish with apples as a surprise ingredient. I'm sure this won't come as a ...

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Apple Pie Party Punch makes for a tasty fall cocktail!

Apple Pie Party Punch makes for a tasty fall cocktail!

Serve up this fun fall punch from Dash of Evans at your next gathering! It’s always helpful to have a simple large batch punch recipe in your...

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Apple Pie Dip for Kids of All Ages!

Apple Pie Dip for Kids of All Ages!

Check out this delicious dip from Mom to Mom Nutrition that will have your kids dipping apple slices from fall to winter...and beyond!  There&...

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