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October 2023: Apple Month
October 01, 2023
WHEREAS, eating Michigan apples regularly can contribute to good health and reduce the risk of diseases; and,
WHEREAS, the tradition of apple growing is intrinsic to the culture of Michigan in the fall; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan’s apple growers will harvest an estimated 1.344 billion pounds of apples in 2023; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan is the second-largest apple producing state in the nation; and,
WHEREAS, Apples are the largest and most valuable fruit crop in Michigan; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan Apple growers are dedicated to producing safe, quality fruit for consumers to enjoy; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan apple growers produce more than 16 varieties of apples, available in grocery stores, supermarkets, farm markets, cider mills and U-picks; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan has over 14.9 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 34,500 acres on 775 family-run farms;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2023, Apple Month in Michigan and encourage residents to celebrate the apple industry by enjoying Pure Michigan apples.