posted on October 02, 2015
LANSING, Mich. — To show appreciation to the Michigan Apple industry and its importance to our state’s economy, Governor Rick Snyder has declared October to be Michigan Apple Month.
Michigan is the third-largest apple producing state in the nation, with 9.2 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 36,500 acres of family-run farms. With supermarkets, farm markets, cider mills and U-picks located all over this great state, it is easy to find fresh and tasty Michigan Apples. Michigan Apple growers are dedicated to keeping their crops in the best conditions in order to produce more than 16 varieties of delicious Michigan Apples.
“Our state boasts 850 apple growing families who hope to harvest more than 24 million bushels of apples this year,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “Apples are a long-held tradition in our state, and are vital to Michigan’s agriculture industry and economy. Michigan growers appreciate Governor Snyder’s recognition of the industry.”
In addition to aiding the economy’s success, Michigan Apples are also important contributors to good health. With a plethora of varieties able to match any flavor preference, regular apple consumption is an easy and reachable goal. More information about the health benefits of eating apples can be found at MichiganApples.com/healthy-living.
The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.MichiganApples.com.