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.
The tradition of enjoy apples, orchards, cider and other apple products is intrinsic to the culture of Michigan in autumn. 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.
“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.”
This year’s bountiful Michigan Apple crop is estimated to be 29.5 million bushels (1.239 billion pounds), according to the official crop estimate announced in August at the USApple Outlook meeting, held in Chicago.
“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.”
To discover new ways to celebrate Michigan Apple Month this year, visit the Michigan Apple website (MichiganApples.com) 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.
— Michigan Apple Committee