September 10, 2020

31 essential Michigan cider mills and orchards to visit this fall

It's the most wonderful time of the year. That should be a song … oh wait. Well, for some of us, and by us, we mean Michiganders, fall is a holy time, and by holy we mean doughnuts, and by doughnuts we mean — well, you get the idea. It’s fall, y’all, and even if it’s not technically yet, nothing will stop us from adopting a cider and doughnuts diet until Thanksgiving, because this is a free country and nothing fills an aching void quite like autumnal treats. These metro Detroit-area family-friendly orchards, mills, and farms are open for business, all things considered, and they’re ready for the masked and hungry masses to feast upon their bounty.

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Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm
2621 S. Karsten Rd., Rogers City; 989-351-7868; mmmunchykrunchyapplefarm.com
This family-owned cider mill has everything from farm animals to corn mazes. Here you can enjoy an in-person bakery, wood fired pizza, and hard cider orders. 
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Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm


2621 S. Karsten Rd., Rogers City; 989-351-7868; mmmunchykrunchyapplefarm.com
This family-owned cider mill has everything from farm animals to corn mazes. Here you can enjoy an in-person bakery, wood fired pizza, and hard cider orders.

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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 is nestled in Manchester and 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 is nestled in Manchester and sells unpasteurized cider and invites guests to pick their own apples and pumpkins.

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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. In addition to their shop offerings, Apple Charlie’s has hayrides, scenic ponds, and a petting zoo. Did we mention pie? There’s pie.
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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. In addition to their shop offerings, Apple Charlie’s has hayrides, scenic ponds, and a petting zoo. Did we mention pie? There’s pie.

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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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Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill
17985 Armada Center Rd., Armada; 586-784-5343; blakefarms.com
Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill is home to an 800-acre working farm and more than 40 different apple varieties. The farm and orchard is home to a cider mill, Funland, tasting room, sunflower picking, 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 home to an 800-acre working farm and more than 40 different apple varieties. The farm and orchard is home to a cider mill, Funland, tasting room, sunflower picking, and a hard cider facility.

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Blake's Big Apple
71485 North Ave., Armada; 586-784-9710; blakefarms.com
At Blake's Big Apple there is something for the whole family. The farm offers everything from a Zombie Paintball experience to a thrilling wagon ride. Their shop offers hand-dipped caramel apples, kettle corn, doughnuts, and homemade fudge.
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Blake's Big Apple


71485 North Ave., Armada; 586-784-9710; blakefarms.com
At Blake's Big Apple there is something for the whole family. The farm offers everything from a Zombie Paintball experience to a thrilling wagon ride. Their shop offers hand-dipped caramel apples, kettle corn, doughnuts, and homemade fudge.

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Brookwood Fruit Farm
7840 Bordman Rd., Romeo; 810-798-8312; brookwoodfruitfarm.com
Feeling fruity? Look no further than Brookwood Fruit Farm, a 5th generation family farm, which grows 50 varieties of cherries, tarts, apples, and peaches. The farm offers a unique experience with over 100 years of continued fruit farming.
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Brookwood Fruit Farm


7840 Bordman Rd., Romeo; 810-798-8312; brookwoodfruitfarm.com
Feeling fruity? Look no further than Brookwood Fruit Farm, a 5th generation family farm, which grows 50 varieties of cherries, tarts, apples, and peaches. The farm offers a unique experience with over 100 years of continued fruit farming.

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Dexter Cider Mill
3685 Central St., Dexter; 734-426-8531; dextercidermill.com
As 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
As 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. They’re known for their annual Ciderfest, which is slated for Saturday, Sept. 26 in 2020. 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. They’re known for their annual Ciderfest, which is slated for Saturday, Sept. 26 in 2020. The orchard also offers different activities such as a corn maze, hay ride, and pony rides.

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Erie Orchards & Cider Mill
1235 Erie Rd., Erie; 734-848-4518; erieorchards.com
Erie Orchards offers more than 70 acres with 15,000 bushels of apples, as well as fresh blueberries and peaches. The orchard also offers wagon rides, a playground, and farm animals.
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Erie Orchards & Cider Mill


1235 Erie Rd., Erie; 734-848-4518; erieorchards.com
Erie Orchards offers more than 70 acres with 15,000 bushels of apples, as well as fresh blueberries and peaches. The orchard also offers wagon rides, a playground, and farm animals.

Photo via Erie Orchards & Cider Mill/Facebook