Michigan Apple News

posted on August 03, 2006

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Contact: Denise Yockey
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DeWitt, Mich. - A tasty, good-sized apple crop is expected in Michigan this fall, according to the Michigan Apple Committee, which gathered this week to finalize its fall marketing plans. Most of Michigan's apple-producing counties have experienced a great Michigan summer, which points to an outstanding fall harvest.

The Fruit Ridge area of Michigan, the state's richest apple growing region, that includes Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties, is anticipating an excellent crop of apples. Rainfall and heat units have been plentiful, which will contribute to good-sized and flavorful apples.

The first commercial apples to be harvested this year are likely to be Gingergold apples, which will be picked in Southwest Michigan next week.

The majority of Michigan's apples are grown in West Michigan from the Indiana border to Charlevoix. Thirty-seven of the 68 counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula have apple production.

"Growers arrange their apple trees to ensure nearly continuous harvest from the Paula Reds to the last apples off the trees, Fujis and Northern Spys. These apples finish up the harvest in the Charlevoix area around Halloween. This keeps the migrant workforce busy and helps manage the workflow," said Denise Yockey, Executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee.

Michigan's dedicated growers produce great flavors and varieties of apples. Michigan is the nation's third-largest producer of apples, growing 22 varieties on a commercial basis.

The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption by consumers in Michigan and around the world. For more information and recipes, visit MichiganApples.com. 

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