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

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

Aug 24, 2018

2018 Michigan Apple crop expected to hit 28 million bushels

Official apple crop estimate for 2018 announced   CHICAGO – Michigan’s apple growers will harvest approximately 28 million bushels (1.176 billion pounds) of apples this year, ac...

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Michigan Apple Committee Welcomes New Staff Member
Jul 27, 2018

Michigan Apple Committee Welcomes New Staff Member

John Woodall on board as regional manager LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Apple Committee welcomed John Woodall today as regional manager covering the northern region of the United States. Wood...

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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.

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.

The Kropf Family

Meet the Growers

The Kropf Family

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.

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

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!
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!

Michigan Apples Blog

Sheet Pan Chicken & Apple Curry

Sheet Pan Chicken & Apple Curry

Our friend Lori, from Foxes Love Lemons, has provided us with a new sheet pan recipe featuring Michigan Apples! People often ask me what I...

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Overnight Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole

Overnight Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole

It's that time of year when the hustle and bustle of the school year begins and we try get back into school mode. If you're a parent of school...

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Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Quesadillas

Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Quesadillas

Our friend Katie Serbinski from Mom to Mom Nutrition created these Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Quesadillas for a quick back-to-school lunchbox or dinner...

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