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Governor Snyder declares October Pure Michigan Apple Month

Contact: Diane Smith

LANSING, Mich. — In recognition of the importance of the Michigan apple industry to the state, Governor Rick Snyder has declared October 2013 to be Pure Michigan Apple Month. The announcement was made last week.

“Our hard-working Michigan apple growers will harvest an estimated 30 million bushels of apples this year, producing more than 18 different varieties for us to enjoy. I encourage all Michiganders to visit their favorite farm market, orchard, cider mill or grocery store and enjoy the great flavor Michigan apples have to offer –this month and throughout the year,” said Governor Snyder.

As one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan, apples bring in an estimated annual economic impact of $700-$900 million.  Michigan is the third-largest apple producing state in the nation with more than 9.2 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 36,500 acres.

“Michigan apples are of great significance to our state, and our  apple growers from 850 family-run orchards are proud to play such an important role,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “We appreciate Governor Snyder’s recognition of Michigan apples’ part in supporting our state’s economy.”

 Consumers can find Michigan apples in their local grocery store’s produce section, or at a farm market, u-pick orchard or cider mill. The “Michigan Farm Market Finder” iPhone app can help shoppers find those farm market locations, and even help them get there with GPS. Orchards and cider mills can also be found using the Michigan Apple Committee website at www.michiganapples.com/Where-to-BuyGo/.  

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.