Fruit Belt

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The Michigan and Lake Erie fruit belts.

A Fruit Belt is an area where a microclimate provides good conditions for fruit growing.

Fruit Belts are prominent around the North American Great Lakes region, notably West Michigan (Fruit Ridge) and western Northern Lower Michigan in tandem,[1][2][3] and the southern shore of Lake Erie.[4] The conditions that produce a micro-climate favorable to fruit cultivation are the same that produce lake-effect snow; therefore, Fruit Belts and snowbelts are often concurrent. The map at right shows Great Lakes snowbelts which cover a somewhat larger area than the fruit belt. Notably, there are no fruit belts in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.[citation needed] A Fruit Belt also exists in Central Washington State.[5] Berries are grown on the West Coast.

See also


  1. ^ "Fruit Growing Conditions". Southwest Michigan Fruit Belt Project. Archived from the original on 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Image of the Month: Fruit Belt". Archives of Michigan, Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, October 2007.
  3. ^ "The Fruit Belt" (historical marker S0155, erected 1958). Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Webpage retrieved on 2010-06-29.
  4. ^ "Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt: Concord Grape Belt Tourism Archived 2013-11-12 at the Wayback Machine.". Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  5. ^ Friedlander, Paul J.C. "Circle of Beauty". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-05.  Reprinted in St. Petersburg Times, 1977-07-03.

Further reading

  • Ellis, Franklin (1880). "Chapter XIX: The Fruit Belt". History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan. Philadelphia: D.W. Ensign & Co. pp. 118–126. 

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