October 2015: Michigan Apple Month

WHEREAS, Apples are one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan apple growers will harvest an estimated 24 million bushels in 2015; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is the third-largest apple producing state in the nation; and,

WHEREAS, There are more than 9.2 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 36,500 acres on 850 family-run farms in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan apple growers produce more than 18 varieties of apples, available in grocery stores, supermarkets, farm markets, cider mills and U-picks;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Michigan Apple Month.