October, 2014: Pure 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 28.74 million bushels in 2014; and

WHEREAS, Michigan is the second-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

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

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2014 as Pure Michigan Apple month.