An apple a day Apple picks • some of the great choices for juicy flavorful eating: honeycrisp, gala, fuji, jonagold, mcintosh • for holding shape and flavor in baking: golden delicious, honeycrisp, braeburn, jonathan I n 1935, a farmer planted just a single apple tree in southern Michigan, then left it for five years. That one tree would determine the fate of his family during a time when the dust of the Great Depression was still settling. And the tree bore fruit. “My grandfather Walter wanted to make sure it would do well on his land,” says Jim Swindeman. “By 1940, he was satisfied he could make it work, and he became a full-time apple farmer.” More trees were planted, and the farm became Applewood Orchards, a small family operation near Deerfield, nestled in the temperate fruit-belt region of Michigan. For years, Applewood sold fresh fruit locally, but when Walter retired in 1955, things changed. The family grew the operations out over 400 rolling acres with varieties like Honeycrisp, Gala, McIntosh, A SINGLE TREE BLOSSOMED INTO A FAMILY'S LOVE OF GROWING JUICY, EVER-APPEALING APPLES. 004-005 Farm To Fork_Apples.indd 4 8/14/17 11:32 AM