Pick pumpkins, sip apple cider or stuff yourself with fresh donuts this fall at one of these cider mills across Metro Detroit
By Chelsie Dzbanski
17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
One of the very first pick-your-own orchards in Michigan, this historic and family-owned farm started in 1946. While Blake’s produces a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables from May through December, you can pick pumpkins, apples, pears and raspberries throughout October. In December, cut down your own Christmas tree! Enjoy traditional aspects of a cider mill such as fresh donuts, hayrides, getting lost in a cornfield and their newest feature, nighttime bonfires. Available on Fridays and Saturdays through October by reservation, groups can enjoy a private bonfire area from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. And don’t forget to hit up the tasting room complete with handcrafted cider, beer and wine and a seasonal menu. blakefarms.com
2020 UPDATE: All Blake’s employees will undergo daily health screenings before their shifts and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Customers are NOT required to wear masks while participating in outdoor activities such as produce picking or wagon rides. Capacity will be limited on wagon rides to ensure proper social distancing. For u-pick areas, additional hand sanitation and wash stations have been added and customers will receive new, clean containers and bags for their produce. Blake’s staff will consistently be monitoring the farm to ensure proper social distancing and will be sanitizing all common areas regularly.
7897 Six Mile Road, Northville
Three Cedars Farm is a fall Pinterest board that has come to life. From the storybook farm featuring live animals, to the old-fashioned country store and barber shop, to the beautifully decorated grounds, the photo opportunities at Three Cedars Farm are endless! The farm also offers a u-pick pumpkin patch, 7 acre corn maze, hayrides and 10 bonfire sites you can rent out for $8 per person. Also enjoy fresh donuts made daily from a secret family recipe, and warm up with a cup of hot apple cider. (P.S. make sure to bring cash. This cider mill doesn’t accept debit/credit cards.) threecedarsfarm.org
2020 UPDATE: Masks are required to be worn in all indoor spaces and on hayrides and train rides. Employees are being screened daily prior to their shifts, hand sanitizing stations are provided across the farm and a new weekend express drive-thru is available for donut and cider pick-up from 10am-8pm.
1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills
This Rochester Hills gem has been a community tradition since 1863. With hot, cinnamon-sugar donuts at only $0.60 apiece, it’s no wonder visitors from all over Metro Detroit flock to this cider mill every fall. Also, don’t worry about paying any entrance fees or for parking because it’s free! Enjoy a petting zoo, relaxing river walk and watch cider being made by a water-powered, double table press that produces 300 gallons of fresh cider per hour! Bring your kids, your friends, your dog or the entire family. yatescidermill.com
2020 UPDATE: Yates Cider Mill has increased their register spacing for proper social distancing and added plexiglass between cashiers and customers. Hand sanitizer stations have been added to all sales areas and a washing station is available at the petting zoo. Employees are being screened daily and they have ramped up their cleaning procedures in sales and prep areas. Masks are to be worn when inside a building, apple tents, in line and crowded areas. Yates asks that you only send one representative from your group into the building to place your order. Don’t feel comfortable visiting in-person? Take advantage of Yates’ new online ordering option and have your favorite products shipped directly to you!
714 Baseline Road, Northville
Parmenter’s Cider Mill started by producing apple cider vinegar until 1953. Today it’s a fully operating, family favorite cider mill making everything from apple cider and donuts to wine and hard cider. After indulging in the traditional cider mill activities and a delicious spiced donut, head over to Northville Winery and Brewing Co., located right on the cider mill grounds, to enjoy a variety of wines and hard ciders made from Michigan-grown fruits. Buy a bottle, try a tasting flight or order a glass of one of your favorites. northvillecider.com
2020 UPDATE: Fresh from the cider mill to your car! This season Parmenter’s will be running a drive-thru-only service to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. Masks are required to be worn while placing an order and customers are to remain in their vehicles at all times. Customers are not allowed in the store or permitted to roam the cider mill grounds. Congregating in the parking lot is also not allowed. Several drive-thru lanes are available and signs are placed to help direct traffic.
5125 Rochester Road, Rochester
The Rochester Cider Mill is as fresh and as local as it gets! All products are Michigan-made and made fresh on a daily basis. But don’t expect your average apple cider and cinnamon-sugar donuts: Choose from a wide selection of donut flavors, including blueberry, apple cinnamon with a maple glaze, powdered, cherry, chocolate frosted, chocolate frosted with scary sprinkles and lemon with sprinkles. In addition to the donuts, during November and December, speciality ciders such as grape, cranberry, pear and a secret holiday blend are available. rochestercidermill.com
2020 UPDATE: No current updates.
2961 32 Mile Road, Romeo
Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill grows a large variety of apples on its farm from classic Macintosh, Red Delicious and Gala apples to unique Russets, Snow apples and many more. Each weekend, visitors can pick select apples. Pick a half bushel (up to 20 lbs.) for only $20! After apple picking, grab a donut and cup of fresh apple cider pressed from Stony’s mill. On Saturday nights, enjoy a non-spooky, moonlight hayride that’s enjoyable for all ages. stonycreekorchard.com
2020 UPDATE: Masks will be required in the salesroom and on the wagon for u-pick.
7450 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills
Franklin Cider Mill was completed in 1837 — the same year Michigan gained its statehood. It was also originally opened as a gristmill (for grinding grain), and was the first mill in Oakland County where farmers would sell their wheat for cash. So much history! Today, Franklin Cider Mill is a community hotspot for fresh Michigan apples, cider and donuts. The entire family will love the classic, all-American vibe and the affordable prices are a nice plus, too! franklincidermill.com
2020 UPDATE: Cider and other products will be sold at the lower-level sales and Hickory Farms stand near the water wheel to ensure proper social distancing protocol. Guests can enjoy safe-distance seating behind the mill near the river on Saturdays and Sundays.
10685 Warren Road, Plymouth
A woman-owned family business since 1977, Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill not only produces award-winning cider that keeps customers coming back season after season, but it is also a sustainable and certified organic working farm that takes pride in producing a healthy future for all. Today, Plymouth Orchards grows certified organic apples, blackberries, raspberries and asparagus, and harvests small grains like organic rye, oats and hay. You can purchase all of Plymouth Orchard’s produce at its cider mill and select local markets. In addition, enjoy a variety of fall activities including wagon rides, a hay bale maze, live music, farm animals and more. plymouthorchards.com
2020 UPDATE: Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill will not be open this 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
4295 Orion Road, Rochester
Customers look forward to visiting Goodison Cider Mill every fall season not just for delicious cider and donuts, but for its famous pistachio nut bread. In addition to the bread, you can enjoy homemade pies, jams, caramel, honey and many other tasty treats that will make your mouth water! On Sundays, the kids can delight in balloon characters made by John Winslow while you kick back and listen to live folk music. Plus, parking is free! goodisoncidermill.com
2020 UPDATES: No current updates.
61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
James N. Erwin planted his first tree in 1920. Today, Erwin’s is a an environmentally friendly orchard that practices biological controls on insects instead of chemicals. From pick-your-own apples, sweet cherries, raspberries, pumpkins, asparagus and Saskatoon berries, Erwin Orchards ensures quality and freshness year round. Enjoy apple spice and pumpkin donuts, cider slushies or a Queen’s Apple Sundae! Kids can partake in a variety of activities such as a corn maze, goat walk, Mr. Bee’s Big 3-D Adventure, petting farm and more on certain days of the week. erwinorchards.com/wordpress
2020 UPDATE: Erwin’s cider mill has been rearranged to create a safer flow when entering and exiting. Masks are required to be worn by customers 3 years of age and older when entering the cider mill, purchasing apple bags at the u-pick window and upon boarding the u-pick wagon. Plexiglass dividers have been installed at each register, along with wood dividers on the wagons and 6-foot distancing dividers at the goat pen to keep everyone safe. Various sanitization and hand washing stations are available for use on the grounds and all employees are being screened daily and are required to wear a mask at all times.
38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston
What makes Apple Charlie’s different from any other cider mill around Metro Detroit? It has a unicorn! Get professional photos taken with the unicorn after an afternoon of apple picking and cider sipping. Then head over to the petting farm full of adorable animals including a calf, piglets, llamas and huge ostrich!
2020 UPDATE: Guests must wear a mask while indoors and maintain social distancing at all times.
5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
Apples or pumpkins? Take your pick on what to pick at Wiard’s Orchard! Covering nearly 100 acres, Wiard’s Cider Mill and Orchard has been a family-owned and operated production since 1837. In addition to the picking, every Saturday and Sunday in October brings extra activities during Wiard’s Country Fair. From tractor races and pony rides to miniature golf, the family fun is endless! If getting spooked is up your alley, check out Wiard’s “Night Terrors” haunted thrill park that includes six attractions. wirads.com
2020 UPDATE: Wiard’s Orchard recommends guests purchase tickets online in advance as walk-up admission may not be available due to capacity limits. All employees will be wearing masks indoors, additional hand sanitizing stations have been installed and they will be routinely disinfecting and sanitizing attractions and high traffic areas. There will be a limited occupancy for the store so expect short delays. All guests 5 years or older are required to a wear a masks inside the stores and where social distancing cannot be consistently maintained. This might include on wagon rides, inside haunted houses and the karaoke viewing area. Fire engine rides, the moonwalk, Quacker Rapids and Crazy Cob’s Corn Crib are closed this year due to COVID-19. Corn Queen Combine Playground, Firehouse fun zone, Splattertown paintball shooting gallery and a second giant slide are new attractions that have been added for the 2020 season.