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.

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Mar 18, 2016

Michigan grows valuable apple varieties consumers want

LANSING, Mich. — Gala, Honeycrisp and Fuji are the top three selling varieties in the United States, based on dollars earned, according to 2015 data from Nielsen Perishables Group. Gala apples e...


Mar 10, 2016

Spring warm-up not a concern for Michigan Apple growers

LANSING, Mich. — While most Michiganders are enjoying the recent spring warm-up, the Michigan Apple Committee is also getting questions about the weather’s affect on the 2016 apple crop.&n...



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.


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.


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.

Joe Klein and Joe Klein Jr.

Meet the Growers

Joe Klein and Joe Klein Jr.

Joe Klein and Joe Jr. are a father-son team who own and operate two farms in Sparta, along with a satellite farm in Hoover. Joe is the second generation to own Royal J Klein Farms, which was founded in 1940 by Joe's father and uncle.

Michigan Apple Blog

Michigan Apples Blog

Grilled Chicken and Apples with Couscous

Grilled Chicken and Apples with Couscous

Lori, from Foxes Love Lemons, shares a grilled chicken dish complete with Michigan Fuji Apples! Summer might be half over, but there's no end in sigh...

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Refreshing Apple Shrub Syrup

Refreshing Apple Shrub Syrup

It's June and that means it's starting to heat up outside. School is out, pools are open, beaches are packed, and the scent of someone grilling clings...

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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.

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