October 2013: Pure Michigan Apple Month

WHEREAS, apples are one of the largest and most valuable fruit crops in Michigan with an annual economic impact estimated at $700-900 million; and

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

WHEREAS, Michigan apple growers are expected to harvest 30 million bushels of apples in 2013; and

WHEREAS, eating Michigan apples regularly can contribute to good health.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Rick Snyder, Governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby declare October 2013 as Pure Michigan Apple Month.