Aside from the automotive industry, Michigan is also famous for growing an abundance of fruit crops. The state boasts 36,000 acres of tart cherry trees, with roughly the same acreage involved in apple production. Both crops are primarily grown on small farms located near Lake Michigan. The region keeps cool in the spring until it’s likely no frost will occur. Indeed, the most abundant fruit-growing region is known as the Fruit Ridge and is located a few miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Being 800 feet in elevation, the ridge protects fruit blossoms and buds from the colder air that creates late frosts.