Great Lakes, Great Flavors

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.

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

Dec 11, 2014

Mary Stoll Crowned 2015 Michigan Apple Queen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 11, 2014 CONTACT: Diane Smith 800-456-2753 Diane@michiganapples.com   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Stoll of Kent City has been crowned the 2015 Michigan Apple...

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Dec 11, 2014

Engelsma’s Apple Barn Wins 18th Annual Cider Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 11, 2014 CONTACT: Diane Smith 800-456-2753 Diane@michiganapples.com   GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Jim and Becky Engelsma and their daughter, Bridgette of Engelsma...

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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.

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.

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.

Chris Kropf

Meet the Growers

Chris Kropf

Chris and his wife, Kim, purchased the 135 -acre family farm, all in apples, about five years ago.  A fourth-generation apple grower, Chris has a long history with the land which is ideally situated for apple production with nearby lakes.

Michigan Apple Blog

Michigan Apples Blog

Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Spiced Apple Compote

Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Spiced Apple Compote

Our guest blogger for the month of March is Lori Yates of Foxes Love Lemons. She serves up a small item that features big flavor! One of my favorite ...

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Roasted Apples: An Unexpected and Healthy Side Dish

Roasted Apples: An Unexpected and Healthy Side Dish

Guest blogger Katie Serbinski, MS, RD blogs at MomToMomNutrition.com. This month she is Michigan Apples' featured guest blogger sharing a healthy and ...

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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.

Michigan Apple
Recipes

Check out some of our favorite 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.

Michigan Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

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Michigan Apple and Butternut Squash Soup

Your favorite Michigan apples will taste great in this soup. Try it on a cool fall night or on a cold winter day!
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!
Apple Salad Bundles

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Apple Salad Bundles

These apple salad bundles are perfect for an appetizer or side to the main course. With chopped Gala apples, bacon and toasted almonds, these bundles will be a family favorite!
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!
Apple and Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches

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Apple and Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches

This is no ordinary barbeque pulled pork sandwich. With Michigan apple juice concentrate and a cinnamon-sugar apple mixture, it is sure to spice up any family barbeque!
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Apple Relish

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Apple Relish

Tenderloin served with a warm mustard and Michigan apple relish, loaded with rich flavor!
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!
Fall Harvest Smoothie

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Fall Harvest Smoothie

Yogurt, honey and frozen Michigan apple juice! A tasty treat, perfect on a warm fall day.
Roasted Rome & Feta Salad

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Roasted Rome & Feta Salad

Michigan Rome apples, bacon and feta cheese give this salad great flavor!