Michigan Apple Quick Facts
- Apples are Michigan’s largest
and most valuable fruit crop, with an average annual economic contribution
to the state of $700-$900 million.
- In Spring 2011 Michigan apple growers through the Michigan Apple
Committee became the first commodity group to partner with Pure
Michigan, the multi-million dollar award-winning state tourism and
- There are 900 family-operated
farms throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Small family farmers operating their own
orchards continue to dominate the landscape. According to statistics, 65 percent of
Michigan orchards had fewer than 200 acres in apples.
- Michigan is the 3rd
largest apple-producing state in the nation.
- On average, Michigan harvests
about 20 million bushels (840 million pounds) of apples per year.
This year's prime growing conditions are expected to boost the 2011 crop
to 26 million bushels, 40 percent higher than average.
- Michigan has more than 7.5
million apple trees in commercial production, covering some 37,500 acres.
40 percent of all Michigan apples are sold ready to eat. The remaining 60
percent are processed into other products, including fresh-cut slices, fresh
and shelf-stable apple cider and applesauce. Michigan apples comprise the bulk
of all apple slices used in commercially prepared apple pies.
Michigan Honeycrisp continues to generate excitement! It is continually the overwhelming
favorite in taste tests and with good reason! Supplies run from mid-September,
only into November.
and longstanding varieties still dominate Michigan’s orchards. Red Delicious
remains the most prevalent variety followed closely by Golden Delicious and
- Newer orchards are trending to high-density planting (up to 500
trees per acre) that come into production quickly and bring desirable
varieties to market quickly.
- Michigan Apple Committee (MAC)
is a non-profit governmental organization that works on behalf of growers
in the areas of consumer and grower education, market development and
Michigan Apple Committee works….
- To promote buying
local, increasing in-store visibility and educating families about the
importance of healthy eating.
- To research
consumer/market preferences, environmental impacts, new production techniques and
to implement integrated pest management practices.
- On policy concerns such
as appropriate state funding for MDA, MSU Extension and MSU Ag Bio
Research, state-support of migrant housing inspections and other needed