September 15, 2017

23 apple orchards and cider mills you should visit this fall in metro Detroit

It's that time of the year again! It's time to bust out that scarf, a nice flannel, and head to your favorite apple orchard and cider mill for apple picking, fresh donuts, and all the cider you can drink. Man, do we love fall in Michigan.

 

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Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill
17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com
Blake’s apple empire encompasses the Armada mill, two Armada orchards, and another one in Almont. But it’s the mill that has the petting zoo for the kids and the orchard products for your winter larder. The orchard is still harvesting late-bearing apple trees, and the U-cut Christmas trees harvest will begin in mid-November. Photo via @limpbisquick.
Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill
17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com
Blake’s apple empire encompasses the Armada mill, two Armada orchards, and another one in Almont. But it’s the mill that has the petting zoo for the kids and the orchard products for your winter larder. The orchard is still harvesting late-bearing apple trees, and the U-cut Christmas trees harvest will begin in mid-November. Photo via @limpbisquick.
Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard 
4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington Twp.; 586-752-7888; millers-bigred.com  
Miller’s has wagon rides, a petting farm and the alarmingly titled “Straw Mountain.” This year there will be U-Pick raspberries, pumpkins, and apples. Photo via @chelseahartner.
Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard
4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington Twp.; 586-752-7888; millers-bigred.com
Miller’s has wagon rides, a petting farm and the alarmingly titled “Straw Mountain.” This year there will be U-Pick raspberries, pumpkins, and apples. Photo via @chelseahartner.
Dexter Cider Mill 
3685 Central St., Dexter, 734-426-8531; dextercidermill.com 
With more than 120 years of operation, Dexter Cider Mill bills itself as the longest continually run mill in the state, serving wood-pressed cider, donuts, apple pie, caramel apples and apple-nut bread daily. In addition to jellies, butters, hot sauces, boiled cider, maple syrup, honey and popcorn, expect pickled asparagus, soy nuts and even cider slushes. Their award-winning Dexter Cider Mill Apple Cookbook is also available for sale. Season ends mid-November. Photo via @eugeniampg.
Dexter Cider Mill
3685 Central St., Dexter, 734-426-8531; dextercidermill.com
With more than 120 years of operation, Dexter Cider Mill bills itself as the longest continually run mill in the state, serving wood-pressed cider, donuts, apple pie, caramel apples and apple-nut bread daily. In addition to jellies, butters, hot sauces, boiled cider, maple syrup, honey and popcorn, expect pickled asparagus, soy nuts and even cider slushes. Their award-winning Dexter Cider Mill Apple Cookbook is also available for sale. Season ends mid-November. Photo via @eugeniampg.
Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill
1540 East Commerce Rd., Commerce, 48382; 248-360-3774; longsorchard.com Besides offering up fresh cider and apples, throughout October Long’s has a 5-acre moonlight corn maze on weekends to explore. Also, just in time for Halloween they offer an enormous pumpkin patch for your picking. Photo via @jenniferbowman.
Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill
1540 East Commerce Rd., Commerce, 48382; 248-360-3774; longsorchard.com
Besides offering up fresh cider and apples, throughout October Long’s has a 5-acre moonlight corn maze on weekends to explore. Also, just in time for Halloween they offer an enormous pumpkin patch for your picking. Photo via @jenniferbowman.
Rochester Cider Mill 
5125 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester; 248-651-4224; rochestercidermill.com
The Barkham family is celebrating the 31st year of their cider mill which claims their cider is “never the same from week to week, except for its excellent flavor and taste.” Besides its freshly produced donuts and drinks, they have an assortment of apples and a giant hay climbing pyramid for fun. Photo via @ryannovak29.
Rochester Cider Mill
5125 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester; 248-651-4224; rochestercidermill.com
The Barkham family is celebrating the 31st year of their cider mill which claims their cider is “never the same from week to week, except for its excellent flavor and taste.” Besides its freshly produced donuts and drinks, they have an assortment of apples and a giant hay climbing pyramid for fun. Photo via @ryannovak29.
Porter’s Orchard  
12060 Hegel Rd., Goodrich; 810-636-7156; portersorchard.com 
A jack-of-all trades with free hayrides, “U-pick” raspberries, pumpkins, fresh donuts, pony rides, a corn maze, hay rides, fudge, ice-cream. Also, they handle making fresh salsa, trail-mix and jams. Check the website for special events including dates for a motorcycle show and flea markets. The kids can have their fun too with Porter’s large petting zoo open. Photo via @kateintheroamlife.
Porter’s Orchard
12060 Hegel Rd., Goodrich; 810-636-7156; portersorchard.com
A jack-of-all trades with free hayrides, “U-pick” raspberries, pumpkins, fresh donuts, pony rides, a corn maze, hay rides, fudge, ice-cream. Also, they handle making fresh salsa, trail-mix and jams. Check the website for special events including dates for a motorcycle show and flea markets. The kids can have their fun too with Porter’s large petting zoo open. Photo via @kateintheroamlife.
Yates Cider Mill  
1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-651-8300; yatescidermill.com  
Surrounded by beautiful parks fit for picnics and hiking, the Yates Cider Mill has as many as 24 varieties of apples — usually five or six different kinds at once — go into its ciders. In addition to the main store’s donuts, butters, apples and syrup, a second shop can be found across a small bridge selling such specialty items as Frankenmuth fudge. Pair a donut or the fudge with one of the 20 different flavors of premium ice cream served at the Ice Cream Shoppe, which runs through September. Photo via @downwithdetroit.
Yates Cider Mill
1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester Hills; 248-651-8300; yatescidermill.com
Surrounded by beautiful parks fit for picnics and hiking, the Yates Cider Mill has as many as 24 varieties of apples — usually five or six different kinds at once — go into its ciders. In addition to the main store’s donuts, butters, apples and syrup, a second shop can be found across a small bridge selling such specialty items as Frankenmuth fudge. Pair a donut or the fudge with one of the 20 different flavors of premium ice cream served at the Ice Cream Shoppe, which runs through September. Photo via @downwithdetroit.
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill 
10685 Warren Rd., Plymouth; 734-455-2290; plymouthorchards.com 
The retail store stocks ciders, donuts, unusual jams and jellies, maple syrup and honey; a visit offers the chance for a scenic wagon ride or a stroll through the pumpkin patch, where “U-pick.” The store also stocks several varieties of apples, including those now in season, such as Cortland and Red Delicious. Picturesque barnyard animals include goats, sheep, chickens, bunnies, pigs, cows and llamas. Photo via @jade_hardbody.
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill
10685 Warren Rd., Plymouth; 734-455-2290; plymouthorchards.com
The retail store stocks ciders, donuts, unusual jams and jellies, maple syrup and honey; a visit offers the chance for a scenic wagon ride or a stroll through the pumpkin patch, where “U-pick.” The store also stocks several varieties of apples, including those now in season, such as Cortland and Red Delicious. Picturesque barnyard animals include goats, sheep, chickens, bunnies, pigs, cows and llamas. Photo via @jade_hardbody.
Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill  
2961 W. 32 Mile Rd., Romeo; 586-752-2453; stonycreekorchard.com
Established in 1978, Stony Creek has all the regular bases — apples to jams to donuts — covered, but on the weekends it really shines. Here you’ll find ice cream, homemade apple pie, lunch items and something called the “Stony Apple” — apple slices slathered in hot caramel sauce, whipped cream, nuts and other toppings. Photo via @catherine.wilson55.
Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill
2961 W. 32 Mile Rd., Romeo; 586-752-2453; stonycreekorchard.com
Established in 1978, Stony Creek has all the regular bases — apples to jams to donuts — covered, but on the weekends it really shines. Here you’ll find ice cream, homemade apple pie, lunch items and something called the “Stony Apple” — apple slices slathered in hot caramel sauce, whipped cream, nuts and other toppings. Photo via @catherine.wilson55.
Franklin Cider Mill 
7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills, 248-626-8261; franklincidermill.com 
One of our staffers remarks: “It’s the best-tasting cider, and the hot donuts are to die for. The brown paper bags they come in become translucent with grease. The cider press is right there so you can witness the apple carnage.” Photo via @franklincidermillofficial.
 
Franklin Cider Mill
7450 Franklin Rd., Bloomfield Hills, 248-626-8261; franklincidermill.com
One of our staffers remarks: “It’s the best-tasting cider, and the hot donuts are to die for. The brown paper bags they come in become translucent with grease. The cider press is right there so you can witness the apple carnage.” Photo via @franklincidermillofficial.