While we were begging for winter to end, the Michigan Apple Committee was happy for the cold temperatures.
As a result, the 2014 Michigan apple crop is expected to be 28.74 million bushels. That’s about 435 million apple pies.
Diane Smith, executive Director of the Michigan Apple Committee, said that apple trees like the cold winter. The past lengthy winter allowed for the trees to stay dormant, and not wake too early before the spring.
“The apples look beautiful, there aren't any issues, and everything’s coming along the right way,” Said Smith.
*Listen to the full interview with Diane Smith above.
Gourmet food trucks have seen remarkable growth in recent years.
A new University of Michigan study looks at the phenomena.
Researcher Todd Schifeling is a doctoral candidate in sociology at UM. He’s also a big fan of food trucks. In fact, he says he was spending so much time eating at his local food truck, he thought he might as well get some research done at the same time.
Schifeling says gourmet food trucks tend to grow in communities with active locally grown food scenes and more than the average number of college graduates.
Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:52 pm
“The great thing about blueberries is you can pick them, you can freeze them, you know, without a whole lot of preparation, and just pour them on stuff,” says James Hancock, professor of Horticulture at Michigan State University.
If you haven’t guessed, Hancock has a passion for blueberries. In fact, he has spent the last 30 years cultivating the berry.
The blueberry industry in Michigan has been commercially growing berries since the 1900s. In 2011, the Michigan blueberry industry spanned 18,000 acres and yielded 72 million pounds of fruit valued at more than $118 million.
Hancock has developed three of the most widely planted blueberry varieties throughout his three decades at MSU. He breeds high bush blueberries: the Aurora, the Draper, and the Liberty blueberry.
Hancock said his blueberries are not genetically modified. Some are grown as far away as Chile and South Korea.