One of the joys of fall is biting into a crisp apple picked off a tree mere seconds ago.
There’s something special about that first bite — the sweetness of the juice, the crispness of the air, the laughter of other people nearby also taking in the tastes of autumn.
The apple crop in Michigan is expected to be a record-breaking 31 million bushels this year, up from 24 million bushels in 2015.
“Michigan had favorable weather conditions for growing apples during spring and summer 2016,” Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee, said. “Growers are indicating that the crop is plentiful and looks beautiful as well. Thanks to plenty of heat during the summer, the flavor will be great, too.”
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Our region is great for apple lovers, as there are several apple orchards within an hour drive. That also means that fresh, local apples will also soon be on the shelves at our neighborhood grocery stores.
If you want to pick your own apples or buy a bushel or a peck directly from the source, check out one of these 16 nearby apple orchards.
Kercher’s Sunrise Orchards Farm Market
19498 C.R. 38, Goshen
501 W. Randolph St., Nappanee
2280 Portage Road, Niles, Mich.
5911 W. 50 S., LaPorte
8999 W. 200 N., Michigan City
Pavolka Fruit Farm
1776 N. Wosniak Road, Michigan City
18720 Cleveland Ave., Galien, Mich.
1737 Smith Road, Buchanan, Mich.
Twin Maple Orchards
15352 Cleveland Ave., Galien, Mich.
Earth First Farms
8335 Smith Road, Berrien Center, Mich.
8198 Fleisher Lane, Berrien Springs, Mich.
Hildebrand Fruit Farms
10267 Garr Road, Berrien Springs, Mich.
2993 E. Lemon Creek Road, Berrien Springs, Mich.
Quint’s Fruit Farm
497 E. Shawnee Road, Baroda, Mich.
Phillippi Fruit Farm
13196 Cleveland Ave., Buchanan, Mich.
207 Shafer Road, Baroda, Mich.