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

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News & Announcements

Feb 05, 2018

2018 Apple Contest Recipe winners announced

2018 Apple Contest Recipe winners announced MAC crowns winners of Zehnder’s Snowfest Apple Recipe Contest LANSING, Mich. — Congratulations to the 2018 Michigan Apple Recipe Contest w...


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...



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 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.

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?


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

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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!
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!
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!

Michigan Apples Blog

Healthy Broccoli Salad

Healthy Broccoli Salad

Amanda Hernandez from The Nutritionist Reviews has a simple new recipe for healthy eating: Broccoli Salad! A couple of years ago, I became a b...

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Breakfast Cheese Board with Michigan Apples

Breakfast Cheese Board with Michigan Apples

Lori Yates from Foxes Love Lemons has a new recipe for us: a tasy European inspired cheeseboard, perfect to change things up for breakfast! I ...

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Apple Grilled Cheese

Apple Grilled Cheese

Our friend Lori from Foxes Love Lemons  shares her recipe for Apple Grilled Cheese, a tasty twist on the quintessential sandwich that everyb...

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