Crunching into a crisp apple, sipping delicious freshly-pressed cider or scooping up a slice of homemade apple pie – these experiences are fall traditions in Michigan. To share just some of the many great things about apples grown in the Great Lakes state, the Michigan Apple Committee details five reasons why Michigan grows the “Flavor of Fall”.
Around mid-August, you really start to crave the crunchy, juicy bite of a fresh Michigan apple. By the end of August, apples are coming off trees and we’re ready to find them at the grocery store, farm market, cider mill or U-pick orchard.
It’s not just the crunch we crave, either. As the crisp fall air sets in, with its cool breezes and changing colors, we gather together for fall traditions. In Michigan, the fall involves the local U-pick orchard, cider mill or farmer’s market.
In the spirit of these time-honored favorites, the Michigan Apple Committee has put together five reasons why the Michigan apple is the “Flavor of Fall.”
1. It’s in our own backyard. Michiganders know what we have here is something special. There are more than 200 orchards, U-pick farms and stores across the state where we can enjoy Michigan’s bounty, and plenty of fun family activities and events for all ages.
2. An apple a day. We all know the saying, and here’s the thing – it’s true. Scientists continue to find more health benefits to regularly eating apples. They are low in sodium and calories, as well as high in fiber and antioxidants.
3. It’s a family thing. With hard cider for adults, fun activities for the kid, and cider and donuts for everyone, there are plenty of reasons why Michigan’s agri-tourism locations are standing room only in the fall. We’re brought together by the delicious apple and its products.
4. Importance to our state. Michigan has a strong and diverse agriculture industry and apples are the largest and most valuable fruit crop in the state. Michigan’s state flower was even named the apple blossom because of the region’s reputation as a supplier of apples. As the third-largest apple producing state in the nation, there were 24 million bushels, or about 1.008 billion pounds, of apples harvested in Michigan in 2014.
5. Where Apples Love to Grow. Michigan’s cool fall nights and warm, sunny days contribute to the delicious flavor you experience each time you crunch into a locally-grown apple. Not only that, the Great Lakes and Michigan’s climate allows for ideal growing conditions. These factors, plus 850 dedicated growers, make Michigan-grown apples the best-tasting apples you’ll find.
Michigan-grown apples are definitely Pure Michigan and so is the experience you’ll have with your family, whether you’re gathering around a homemade pie, sipping some award-winning cider or strolling through a local orchard.
For more information on the Michigan apple industry, visit michiganapples.com/healthy-living.
What do you love most about Michigan apples?