Apples | Peaches | Michigan Apples | Produce | Berrien County | Southwestern Michigan
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Apples | Peaches | Michigan Apples | Produce | Berrien County | Southwestern Michigan
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Apples | Peaches | Michigan Apples | Produce | Berrien County | Southwestern Michigan


Dave Pagel grew up on a fruit farm near Berrien Springs, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Agricultural Business in 1976, and began farming with his dad and his brother. In 1978 he started Dave Pagel Produce to assist in the marketing of the farm's produce. Over the last 32 years, Dave Pagel Produce has grown to sell apples, peaches and nectarines from over 30 farms in Michigan. The fruit is marketed to supermarkets and fruit stands in southwest Michigan, northern Indiana and the greater Chicago area.
 
Dave married Sue Stacey in 1986, and they have four grown children. Ashley graduated from Bethel College and is currently teaching & coaching. Jeremy is a MSU graduate and is working full time on farm and in the business. Hannah has a Physics degree from Calvin and is now pursuing her Ph.d at IU. Nate is currently attending Ferris. In 2004, the family purchased 10 acres of land across the road from their house, and planted a Honeycrisp apple orchard. In 2009 they purchased an additional 20 acres of land near their house and have planted another orchard, this time of Macintosh, Fuji, Gala and Jonagold apples.
 
Dave Pagel Produce consists of a modern apple packing line, warehouse space, and several cold storage rooms. They recently added a new controlled atmosphere apple storage facility, and have a small fleet of trucks used to bring in and to deliver the apples. From August through about the middle of the next May of each season, many varieties are sold. First to come in the fall is the peach and nectarine crop, which continues for 6 to 8 weeks. The first apples are the Paula Reds and Ginger Gold, which are sold from early August to the middle of September. Other varieties come in succession: Gala, Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Empire, Rome, Ida Red and Fuji. With the technology of low oxygen storage rooms, many varieties are available in "just-picked" condition through the entire winter and spring.