The Alt family began farming off 7-mile road back in 1893, and the legacy continues today with
Denny, his father Steve, and brothers Doug and Bryan. Together they grow over fourteen
different apple varieties alongside row crops and their Pioneer Seed distribution business. Denny,
a recent graduate from Michigan State University, earned a bachelor’s degree in Crop and Soil
Science and wanted to bring his studies back to the farm. Denny has found a deep appreciation
for bridging new technology with the experience passed down from his Dad. That’s his secret to
successfully running a family business, combining innovation and modern research with
tried-and-true methods that have worked for decades before him.
Without hesitation, Gala is Denny’s favorite apple variety to grow. The Alt family has a knack for
growing this variety because of their optimal soil, elevation, and sublime climate, leading to them
having an abundant crop of high-quality apples each year.
Their dedication to sustainable practices and innovation is a testament to the importance of local,