Schmidt hosts Capitol Crunch celebrating Michigan-grown apples

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt was joined by his Senate colleagues on Thursday with freshly harvested Michigan apples as part of the fifth annual Apple Crunch Day at the Capitol.

Apple Crunch Day, put on by Cherry Capital Foods in Traverse City, is part of a statewide celebration of Michigan’s apple industry, an important part of the state’s agriculture and economy.

“Michigan has an average annual production of over 22 million bushels of apples and is third in the nation for apple production,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “In 2016 we were able to topple our state’s annual average by harvesting 28 million bushels. With the growing popularity of Apple Crunch Day, we can continue to increase that number.”

You can find locally grown apples near you by clicking here or visiting www.MichiganApples.com/wheretofind.

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