November 05, 2021

20 Michigan cider mills and orchards to visit this fall

Fall is Michigan’s supreme season. It’s the least the state can offer us before it blasts us with the cold, fluffy, white stuff for nearly half a year. Autumn is when Michigan’s true colors come alive as the leaves change and when everyone breaks out their buffalo plaid shirts and Carhartt jackets and hit the orchards. 

Unfortunately, for many orchards and cider mills, the 2021 season was cut short because Jack Frost reared his ugly head early this past spring, but there are still a few open to get your doughnut and cider fix.

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Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill
17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com
Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill is a good time all year round, but it particularly shines in the fall. Blake’s is home to an 800-acre working farm and more than 40 different apple varieties. The farm and orchard also has a cider mill, kid’s Funland, tasting room, and a hard cider facility.
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Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill

17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com

Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill is a good time all year round, but it particularly shines in the fall. Blake’s is home to an 800-acre working farm and more than 40 different apple varieties. The farm and orchard also has a cider mill, kid’s Funland, tasting room, and a hard cider facility.

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Detroit Farm & Cider
1600 Lawrence St., Detroit; 313-915-0057; detroitfarmandcider.com
Detroit native Leandra King opened the city’s first cider mill in 2020. While its regular programming is closed for the season, guests can still come by from 4-10 p.m. most Saturdays for three-course farm-to-table dinners held in the farm’s heated greenhouse. Tickets are $100 and include activities like apple-picking, horseback riding, musical entertainment, and a bonfire with vegan s’mores. Saturday, Nov. 6’s event features food from Pink Flamingo.
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Detroit Farm & Cider

1600 Lawrence St., Detroit; 313-915-0057; detroitfarmandcider.com

Detroit native Leandra King opened the city’s first cider mill in 2020. While its regular programming is closed for the season, guests can still come by from 4-10 p.m. most Saturdays for three-course farm-to-table dinners held in the farm’s heated greenhouse. Tickets are $100 and include activities like apple-picking, horseback riding, musical entertainment, and a bonfire with vegan s’mores. Saturday, Nov. 6’s event features food from Pink Flamingo.

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Apple Charlies South Huron Orchards and Cider Mill
38035 S. Huron Rd., New Boston; 734-753-9380;facebook.com/apple-charlies-south-huron-orchards
Family-owned and operated Apple Charlie’s offers a cozy atmosphere with fall foods and U-pick apples. The most standout thing about Apple Charlie’s? Its petting zoo. Sure other mills and orchards might have farm animals on site, but how many have an ostrich named Oz? 
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Apple Charlies South Huron Orchards and Cider Mill

38035 S. Huron Rd., New Boston; 734-753-9380;facebook.com/apple-charlies-south-huron-orchards

Family-owned and operated Apple Charlie’s offers a cozy atmosphere with fall foods and U-pick apples. The most standout thing about Apple Charlie’s? Its petting zoo. Sure other mills and orchards might have farm animals on site, but how many have an ostrich named Oz?

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Alber Orchard & Cider Mill
13011 Bethel Church, Manchester; 734-428-9310; alberorchard.com
There’s an award-winning orchard and mill just 30 minutes from Ann Arbor and an hour away from Detroit that has more than 100 varieties of apples, including heirloom varieties. The quaint Alber Orchard & Cider Mill sells unpasteurized cider and invites guests to pick their own apples and pumpkins.
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Alber Orchard & Cider Mill

13011 Bethel Church, Manchester; 734-428-9310; alberorchard.com

There’s an award-winning orchard and mill just 30 minutes from Ann Arbor and an hour away from Detroit that has more than 100 varieties of apples, including heirloom varieties. The quaint Alber Orchard & Cider Mill sells unpasteurized cider and invites guests to pick their own apples and pumpkins.

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Bennett's Orchard
5647 Consear Rd., Ottawa Lake; 734-854-2523; bennettsorchard.com
For more than 60 years Bennett’s Orchard has been active in growing fresh fruit and vegetables. They offer fresh-pressed cider and doughnuts, along with their farm-fresh eggs, hard cider, and baked goods.
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Bennett's Orchard

5647 Consear Rd., Ottawa Lake; 734-854-2523; bennettsorchard.com

For more than 60 years Bennett’s Orchard has been active in growing fresh fruit and vegetables. They offer fresh-pressed cider and doughnuts, along with their farm-fresh eggs, hard cider, and baked goods.

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Dexter Cider Mill
3685 Central St., Dexter; 734-426-8531; dextercidermill.com
The oldest operating cider mill in Michigan, the Dexter Cider Mill runs along the Huron River. Visitors can enjoy cider, caramel apples, doughnuts, and other classic fresh fall treats like bourbon barrel hard cider to-go. 
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Dexter Cider Mill

3685 Central St., Dexter; 734-426-8531; dextercidermill.com

The oldest operating cider mill in Michigan, the Dexter Cider Mill runs along the Huron River. Visitors can enjoy cider, caramel apples, doughnuts, and other classic fresh fall treats like bourbon barrel hard cider to-go.

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Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill
1479 Ranch, Holly; 248-634-8981; diehlsorchard.com
For more than 60 years Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill has grown fresh produce. The orchard also offers different activities such as a corn maze, hay ride, and pony rides.
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Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill

1479 Ranch, Holly; 248-634-8981; diehlsorchard.com

For more than 60 years Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill has grown fresh produce. The orchard also offers different activities such as a corn maze, hay ride, and pony rides.

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Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill
61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon; 248-437-0150;erwinorchards.com
This family-friendly farm offers a pick-your-own raspberry patch, apple orchard, and corn maze. The 200-acre farm grows apples, sweet cherries, raspberries, pumpkins, and asparagus.
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Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill

61475 Silver Lake Rd., South Lyon; 248-437-0150;erwinorchards.com

This family-friendly farm offers a pick-your-own raspberry patch, apple orchard, and corn maze. The 200-acre farm grows apples, sweet cherries, raspberries, pumpkins, and asparagus.

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Franklin Cider Mill
7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Twp.; 248-626-2968;franklincidermill.com
The Franklin Cider Mill offers freshly pressed cider that’s not filtered and not pasteurized. The mill also offers honey, select cheeses, butters, and doughnuts.
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Franklin Cider Mill

7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Twp.; 248-626-2968;franklincidermill.com

The Franklin Cider Mill offers freshly pressed cider that’s not filtered and not pasteurized. The mill also offers honey, select cheeses, butters, and doughnuts.

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Goodison Cider Mill
4295 Orion Rd., Rochester; 248-652-8450;goodisoncidermill.com
The Goodison Cider Mill offers old-fashioned apple pressing, making fresh cider for the entire season. The mill also offers breads, doughnuts, jams, and caramel apples.
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Goodison Cider Mill

4295 Orion Rd., Rochester; 248-652-8450;goodisoncidermill.com

The Goodison Cider Mill offers old-fashioned apple pressing, making fresh cider for the entire season. The mill also offers breads, doughnuts, jams, and caramel apples.

Photo via Goodison/Facebook