Five Northern Michigan apple growers were among the first in the country to plant and harvest the world’s newest designer apple, the SweeTango. The apple, developed at the University of Minnesota, is a cross between the crispy, juicy Honeycrisp (the must-have apple of the last decade, also developed by the University of Minnesota) and the sweet flavored Zestar apple. The SweeTango is "a fabulous piece of fruit," says Mark Evans of Evans Brothers Fruit Company in Frankfort, one of the five Northern Michigan members of the Next Big Thing, the SweeTango growers’ cooperative.
Jonesing for a crunchy, succulent, sugary bite? Don’t head to the grocery store to find a SweeTango. This first-year production was small, and most of the apples were sent to an apple distribution company in Minnesota. Do head to a Northern Michigan farm market this fall to find the new apple. Two of the five Up North growers, Bakkers Acres and Interwater Farms, are selling their SweeTangos at area farm markets—Bakkers Acres in Leelanau and Traverse City and Interwater Farms in Petoskey, Charlevoix and Boyne City. You’ll also find SweeTangos at Bakkers Acres farm stand on 2677 Setterbo Road, Suttons Bay, 231-271-3673.