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A Mid-Michigan orchard celebrates a century in business


GOODRICH, Mich. (WJRT) -As we transition from summer to autumn, one of mid-Michigan’s favorite pastimes is just getting started.

One hundred years ago Porter’s Orchard opened for business in Goodrich. Third generation farmer Ray Porter and his family have seen plenty of changes in the market.

“The biggest change that we’ve had to make is to go to more of a what they call “Agri-tourism, where we invite more people to the farm to have an experience rather than just a come in and buy their donuts and cider and apples and leave,” Porter said.

Climate change is also affecting Porter’s bottom line – just as this spring’s frost and freezing temperatures thinned out his crop.

“If it’s a cold spring, it’s extremely cold. If it’s wet, it’s extremely wet. If it’s hot, it’s extremely hot. So that’s uh, there’s just no normal anymore,” he said.

But, technology is helping in other ways to help smooth things out. Even though these…

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