Michigan Apple Committee Official Blog

Our Visit to Uncle John’s Cider Mill


Back in October, Michelle and I got to visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. John’s, MI.  She picked me up after class and we spent the rest of the morning talking to Mike Beck, owner of Uncle John’s.

When we arrived, Mike walked us through the back of the mill showing us where their apples get packaged and cleaned.  He also showed us how they put labels on the jugs of apple cider that they sell.  I’ve never had the privilege to be “behind the scenes” at a cider mill, so all of the machines he showed us fascinated me!

As we walked behind the front desk of the cider mill, Mike gave Michelle and me a donut hot off of the deep fryer.  The donut was so warm and fresh, I wanted to have more!  He also gave us a cup of their delicious cider.  We sat in the cider mill and ate with him while he told us about everything that Uncle John’s has to offer.

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My First Time in the Orchard


I am originally from Houston, Texas, and a beautiful fall season is something I had never seen or experienced until I came to MSU. And after visiting an orchard for the first time, I would have to say that this will be my first fall to really experience apple season.

When I arrived at Hart Farms in Lowell, Michigan, I was greeted Chris Kropf, and he took me out to the orchard. It exceeded all of my expectations.

I have been to mini-orchards, as in the experimental six trees, three in two rows but this was a completely different setting. I was expecting a few rows of apples for each variety, but the rows of trees were endless and every tree had huge, juicy apples hanging off of them. I have never seen so many apples in my life!

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Spooky Retail Visits for Halloween – Alyson Wendzel


Hope everyone had a great Halloween! My weekend was very enjoyable considering I was able to go to Troy, Michigan and work with Chef Paul at a Michigan apple chef demo. The rainy weather brought in a great crowd to both Nino Salvaggio grocery stores, and Chef Paul and I were steadily busy all day.

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Fall Preschool and Meijer Visits – Hillary Heeren


On Friday October twenty-first I was invited to read to Mrs. Youngquist’s morning and afternoon preschool classes in the Rockford School District. I read Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss. During this story the children all pretended to balance apples on their heads just like the characters in the book. I also read the story of Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd. The children thought it was very funny that a boy would wear a pan on his head. The afternoon class listened to Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish. The children talked to me about what Michigan Apples they thought are best for apple pie.

The children asked me questions about what it’s like to be a princess as well as what my royal responsibilities are. I told them about being in parades, going to grocery stores, as well as farm markets, but most importantly sharing my passion of Michigan Apples! They were very interested in hearing about the different varieties of Michigan Apples. We discussed colors as well as patterns seen on apples.

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