Where Apples Love to Grow

Michigan is the nation’s second 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

Jan 06, 2017

Michigan Apple Industry Wraps 2016 Calendar Year in Record Fashion

Industry Tracks 11 Consecutive Record Shipment Weeks LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple industry set new shipment records eleven weeks in a row from October 15 through Christmas, accord...

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Jan 05, 2017

Miller’s Big Red Farm Wins 20th Annual Cider Contest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Cider Maker Ken Miller of Miller’s Big Red Farm in Washington, Mich., took home first place in the 20th annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest. The cider contest took pl...

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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.

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.

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.

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 »

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.

Apple Salsa

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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

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Apple Berry Smoothie

Fresh berries, yogurt and Michigan apple pie filling make this smoothie a delicious afternoon snack!

Michigan Apples Blog

Apple and Cranberry Scones

Apple and Cranberry Scones

A sweet treat for any time of the day, by our friend Kristy, from Chocolate Slopes!  We are in the thick of winter here in Mich...

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Golden Delicious Apple Peanut Butter Nachos

Golden Delicious Apple Peanut Butter Nachos

Ready in just 5 minutes and kid-friendly! A delicious snack, from Amanda Hernandez, author of The Nutritionist Reviews.  Many recipes are...

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Cranberry Apple Crisp

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Megan's Making: Cranberry Apple Crisp. Perfect for your holiday table! How good does this cranberry apple crisp look? Apple crisp is one o...

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