Where Apples Love to Grow

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

Feb 05, 2016

Three Amateur Cooks Awarded for Michigan Apple Recipes

MAC selects winners for the annual Amateur Recipe Contest  LANSING, Mich. — Amateur cooks from all over the United States competed in the Michigan Apple Committee’s amateur recipe co...


Dec 17, 2015

Compete with your best Michigan Apple recipe

Annual apple recipe contest in Frankenmuth for Zehnder’s Snowfest event LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) will sponsor the annual Michigan Apple Recipe Contest for the t...



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.


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 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.


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.

Al Dietrich

Meet the Growers

Al Dietrich

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.

Michigan Apple Blog

Michigan Apples Blog



An Apple Grower's Daughter Returns to the Orchard Growing up, I can remember my mom telling me, “You can make plans every day, but they usually...

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Incorporating Michigan Apples into a unique and healthy dish!

Incorporating Michigan Apples into a unique and healthy dish!

The Chef Next Door made us Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples and Pancetta!   Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxin...

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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.