Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October to be Michigan Apple Month to recognize 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 more than 14.9 million apple trees covering 34,500 acres in Michigan.
The tradition of enjoying 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 a fall tradition in Michigan,” said Smith. “Michigan apple growers are proud to provide fresh, quality fruit for consumers.”
This year’s 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 in Chicago.
“Passionate Michigan apple growers have carried on the tradition of growing apples for many generations,” 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 for recipes, tips, flavor profiles, farm market locations and more.