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

Use our store locator to find stores carrying Michigan apples.

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News & Announcements

Jan 30, 2017

MAC Awards 2017 Apple Recipe Contest Winners

Winners announced for Zehnder’s Snowfest Apple Recipe Contest LANSING, Mich. — Congratulations to the 2017 Michigan Apple Recipe Contest winners! The competition was held on Jan. 25 at ...

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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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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.

Steve Tennes

Meet the Growers

Steve Tennes

Steve believes that the inclusion of the picking-the-apples-yourself option is one of the biggest draws to the Country Mill.  Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of consumers who want to visit the orchards for a first-hand experience.  Consumers today want to see how things work and where their food comes from.

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 ยป

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!
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!
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.

Michigan Apples Blog

Kale, Cheddar & Apple Salad

Kale, Cheddar & Apple Salad

Sweet Michigan Gala apples and sharp cheddar cheese meet kale in this nutritious winter greens salad!  While the freshest produce seasons here...

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Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple Cider-Dijon Sauce

Apple-Cheddar Stuffed Chicken with Apple Cider-Dijon Sauce

This dinner recipe, by The Nutritionist Reviews, is ready in just 30 minutes and is bursting with flavor. The mix of sweet, tangy and creamy flavors m...

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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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