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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News & Announcements

Nov 21, 2016

Compete with your best Michigan Apple Recipe

Annual apple recipe contest held during Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth LANSING, Mich. — It’s time to break out your best Michigan Apple recipes and head to Zehnder’s Snow...

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Nov 04, 2016

Michigan Apple Recipe Contest a preferred qualifier for World Food Championships

Bay City Woman to represent MAC in the Championship LANSING, Mich. — For the third year, the Michigan Apple Committee’s recipe contest is a preferred qualifier for the World Food Champi...

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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!
Cider Glazed Chicken with Easy Apple Raisin Stuffing

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Cider Glazed Chicken with Easy Apple Raisin Stuffing

A quick and easy dinner your whole family will enjoy! Serve with a prepared green salad to complete the meal.

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!

Michigan Apples Blog

Apple Rose Tart with Peanut Butter Custard

Apple Rose Tart with Peanut Butter Custard

Foxes Love Lemons teaches us how to make a beautiful Apple Rose Tart! If you're looking at this Apple Rose Tart thinking "there's no w...

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Baked Cinnamon Apple Pastries

Baked Cinnamon Apple Pastries

Easy 4-Ingredient Apple Pastries from A Zesty Bite! If you've been to the grocery store lately you will notice the abundant supply of Michigan ...

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Oatmeal Cookie Cups with Caramel Apple Pie Filling

Oatmeal Cookie Cups with Caramel Apple Pie Filling

A fall treat from Kristy Hegner, author of Chocolate Slopes! Fall traditions are some of my all-time memorable experiences as a child…h...

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