Royal J. Klein & Son

Royal J. Klein & Son

Key Personnel:

Joe and Sharon Klein, along with their son Joe Jr. and his family, currently operate
the orchard.

Location:

3975 13 Mile Rd.
Sparta, MI

Farm History:

The orchard was started by Joe Klein Sr.’s father, Royal Klein, in 1940. When Joe Jr. returned to the farm after completing college, he started JK Farms in 1997.

Varieties Grown:

Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Red Delicious, McIntosh, Empire, Jonathon, Golden
Delicious, Rome, Paula Red, Fuji, Braeburn and Ida Red.

Apple Acreage:

Royal J. Klein & Son has 170 acres and JK Farms has 50.

Items of Interest:

New orchards are being planted with consumer-requested favorites such as Honeycrisp, Gala and Jonagold. The Klein’s have controlled-atmosphere storage on their farm to keep their apples in prime condition throughout winter and spring.