Michigan Apple Harvest is Around the Corner
It's Almost Crunch Time!
LANSING, Mich. –The 2022 crop of Michigan grown apples will soon be harvested, to the delight of Michigan Apple fans and consumers everywhere. Michigan’s climate and geography provide ideal conditions for growing apples, and the mild spring weather, along with dedicated growers, nutrient rich soil, and plenty of heat, sunshine and rain result in quality, colorful, flavorful apples for consumers to enjoy. With an average annual harvest of nearly 24 million bushels, Michigan is the third largest apple producing state in the United States. While Michigan is third in quantity, many believe the flavor of Michigan-grown apples is the best in the world.
“Michigan’s climate provides a growing season of mostly cool nights, warm sunny days and plenty of moisture –ideal factors in producing a flavorful crop of apples. This year, growers are optimistic that they will harvest an above-average sized crop with great quality and flavor – and that’s definitely something for consumers to get excited about,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee.
Consumers eagerly anticipating the 2022 Michigan Apple harvest can find estimates of harvest dates for their favorite varieties, and information about cider mills and farm markets at MichiganApples.com. Early variety Paula Reds are estimated to begin harvest August 23, and Ginger Gold on August 26. These varieties are most likely to be found at a local farm market, while consumer favorites Gala, McIntosh, and Honeycrisp, which will be harvested in September, are commonly found in the produce section of most grocery stores and supermarkets.
“Many consumers don’t realize that they can support Michigan growers by purchasing Michigan Apples in the grocery store, as well as in farm markets and cider mills. Michigan is the third largest apple producing state – meaning they are sold on a commercial basis as well as in what’s known as agri-tourism locations,” said Smith.
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.