LANSING, Mich. – To recognize the importance of the Michigan Apple industry, Governor Rick Snyder has again declared October Michigan Apple Month. With more than 11.3 million apple trees in commercial production, covering 35,500 acres on 825 family-run farms in Michigan, apples are the largest and most valuable fruit crop in the Great Lakes State. This year’s Michigan Apple crop is estimated to be 20.3 million bushels, according to the official crop estimate announced on August 25 at the U.S. Apple Association’s Outlook meeting in Chicago. To discover new ways to celebrate Michigan Apple Month this year, visit the Michigan Apple website (MichiganApples.com) for recipes, tips, flavor profiles, farm market locations and much more. –R.S.