SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) - It's no doubt been a rotten apple season in Michigan. Almost 90 percent of the state's crop was destroyed, and by Saturday, nearly all growers will be done harvesting, including Jim May in Sparta.
The season usually runs until November 1. The apples coming down from the trees on Friday didn't look pretty.
"This one here is from frost, that's frost damage," said Jim May. "This apple is elongated on this side."
An April freeze and spring frosts killed off 75 percent of May's crop, pushing harvest up five weeks early.
"The fruit is not normal, it's deformed, the size isn't there, the color isn't there," he said.
But what looks like a bad apple, doesn't taste that way, says John Schaefer, president of Jack Brown Produce in Sparta.
"That really doesn't hurt the quality of the fruit," he said.