michigan apple orchards

Two weeks ago I jumped on a plane and headed north to Grand Rapids, Michigan. I along with a group of other bloggers were going apple picking and off to learn about production and shipping with the Michigan Apple Committee.

My first stop was at Sietsema orchards and cider mill in Ada. The owner’s here are all about educating the daily guests on apples. You won’t find a bouncy house or jungle gym at this stop. It’s solely based on apples. They have 150 different varieties on 15 acres.

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michigan apple orchards

While here they treated us to a lovely farm to table lunch including veggie sandwiches, Waldorf salad, potato salad, chicken and hard apple cider. They even offer fresh baked goods inside along with a glass or gallon of apple cider. Too bad I was flying because I would have brought some apple cider home with me.

michigan apple trip

Next stop was at Youngquist farms. It was at this stop where we learned a little more history from the owner Mark about growing apples and keeping them safe from weather and insects. I also got to see some of the workers pick apples and safely place them in the bins to be hauled off for cleaning and shipping. This apple orchard has a no pick up policy so if someone accidentally bumps an apple and it falls, it stays on the ground. 

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