posted on October 12, 2021
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October to be Michigan Apple Month, recognizing the importance of the Michigan Apple industry.
Michigan is known for its diverse agriculture, which includes many specialty crops such as apples. Apples are the largest and most valuable fruit crop in the Great Lakes State. Growers dedicate their lives to the industry, operating 775 family-run farms with over 14.9 million apple trees, covering 34,500 acres in Michigan.
“Passionate Michigan Apple growers have carried on the tradition of growing apples for many generations and continue to produce the best tasting apples in the world,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “Our industry appreciates the recognition of the hard work and dedication of Michigan’s apple growers.”
This year’s Michigan Apple crop is estimated to be 18.25 million bushels (766.5 million pounds), according to the official crop estimate announced in August at the USApple Outlook meeting, held in Chicago.
“In late April, a freeze occurred in which some Michigan Apple growing areas experienced nine or more hours in the 20 degrees Fahrenheit range, which was too cold for any of the delicate apple blossoms that had opened at that time,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “However, there will still be plenty of apples for consumers to enjoy this fall, either from the produce department of your favorite grocery store, or from farm markets, cider mills and orchards.”
Consumers can find Michigan Apples at over 200 U-pick orchards and farm markets, or look for bags or stickers indicating ‘Michigan Apples’ at grocery stores. MAC recommends calling orchards and farm markets, or visiting their websites to find out about varieties offered, as well as any COVID-19 safety protocols they may have in place.
“Visiting orchards and farm markets, and enjoying apples, cider and other treats are all part of fall tradition in Michigan, said Smith. “Michigan Apple growers are proud to provide fresh, quality fruit for consumers.”
To discover new ways to celebrate Michigan Apple Month this year, visit the Michigan Apple website for unique recipes, tips, flavor profiles, farm market locations and much more.
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. To learn more, visit MichiganApples.com.