Brandel Farms was established in the mid-1940’s when Herb and Ruth Brandel purchased a 40-acre farm in Hart, Michigan. They grew a wide variety of crops including fruit, vegetables and grains, as well as Christmas trees and raised livestock. By the 1970’s, with the help of their son Richard and his wife Janet, they began to focus on tart cherries, apples and Christmas trees.
In 1996, Brandel Farms planted Honeycrisp as their first fresh apple variety. This started the transition from processed fruits to the more rewarding and exciting fresh apple varieties, including SweeTango. Brandel Farms is a third generation family farm, currently owned by grandson Tony Eisenlohr.