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Lewis Adventure Farms and Zoo Offers Michigan Apples, Treats & Activities

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It is apple season in Michigan, and there are more than 16 different varieties of apples grown in the Great Lake State.

Lewis Adventure Farm and Zoo in New Era grows several different apples and offers u-pick. Some of the varieties they grow include Honeycrisp, Fuji and Gala.

There are also so many different recipes you can make with Michigan Apples.

Power Blend Slaw with Michigan Apples & Raisins – Makes 6 servings

1/2 cup light sour cream

3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise

1-1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 medium Michigan Apple, chopped with skin on (try Honeycrisp, Fuji or Gala)

1 cup raisins (regular or golden)

1 (10-ounce) package of Power Blend slaw mix (such as Mann’s)


  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add chopped apple, raisins, and Power Blend; toss to combine.
  2. Nutrition information per serving: 159 calories; 5g fat; 3g protein; 28g carbohydrates; 3.5g fiber; 81mg sodium

Harvest Apple Cake – Makes 16 servings

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 cup wheat germ

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 cups peeled, diced tart Michigan Apples*

(4 medium – Braeburn, Cortland, Empire, Gala, Ida Red)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup chopped walnuts

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, wheat germ, soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine apples, sugars, oil, walnuts, eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and stir gently to blend all ingredients well.
  4. Spread mixture into baking pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until cake is slightly browned and the center springs back when lightly touched.
  5. Cool bars in pan, then cut into 16 bars.

Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 277, Fat: 12.4g, Carbohydrate: 39g, Protein: 4.5g, Fiber: 3g, Sodium: 305mg

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