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Metro Detroit Cider Mill Guide

October 11, 2018

Go pumpkin picking, sip hot apple cider or stuff yourself full of fresh donuts this season at one of these cider mills from SEEN’s Metro Detroit cider mill guide.

By Chelsie Dzbanski 

Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill 

17985 Armada Center Road, Armada

Photo via Blake's Orchards Facebook

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 all throughout the month of October. In December, cut down your own Christmas tree! And while Blake’s provides all the traditional aspects of a cider mill such as fresh donuts, hayrides and getting lost in a cornfield, it also produces an array of hard ciders and wines that can be enjoyed in the tasting room along with a farm-to-table fall food menu. blakefarms.com

Three Cedars Farm

7897 Six Mile Road, Northville

Photo via Three Cedars Farm Facebook

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

Yates Cider Mill

1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills

Photo via Yates Cider Mill Facebook

Yates Cider Mill has been a community tradition since 1863 and deems itself a Rochester Hills gem. And with hot, fresh cinnamon sugar donuts at only 60 cents a piece, 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

Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill

714 Baseline Road, Northville

Photo via Parmenter's Norhville Cider Mill Facebook

Parmenter’s Cider Mill initially started by producing apple cider vinegar until 1953. Today Parmenter’s is a fully operating, family favorite cider mill producing everything from apple cider and donuts, to homemade 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

Rochester Cider Mill

5125 Rochester Road, Rochester

Photo via Rochester Cider Mill Facebook

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 from this mill. 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

Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill

2961 32 Mile Road, Romeo

Photo via Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill Facebook

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 very own mill. On Saturday nights, enjoy a non-spooky, moonlight hayride that’s enjoyable for all ages. stonycreekorchard.com 

Franklin Cider Mill

7450 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills

Photo via Franklin Cider Mill Facebook

Franklin Cider Mill was completed in 1837 — the same year Michigan gained its statehood. It was also originally opened as a gristmill, a mill 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 hot spot for fresh Michigan apples, cider and donuts. The entire family will love the classic and historic all-American vibe and the affordable prices are a nice plus, too! franklincidermill.com

Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill

10685 Warren Road, Plymouth

Photo via Plymouth Apple Orchards and Cider Mill Facebook

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

Goodison Cider Mill

4295 Orion Road, Rochester

Metro Detroit Cider MillPhoto via Goodison Cider Mill Facebook

Customers look forward to visiting Goodison Cider Mill every fall season not just for delicious cider and donuts, but for its world-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 enjoy a bounce house and balloon characters made by John Winslow, while you kick back and listen to live tunes by bluegrass band Stringtime. Plus, parking is free! goodisoncidermill.com

Erwin Orchards 

61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon

Metro Detroit Cider MillPhoto via Erwin Orchards Facebook

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 one of its famous apple spice or pumpkin donuts, a cider slush or a Queen’s Apple Sundae this autumn! erwinorchards.com/wordpress

Apple Charlie’s Orchard and Cider Mill

38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston

Metro Detroit Cider MillPhoto via Apple Charlie's Facebook

So 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. Also, head over to the petting farm full of adorable animals including a calf, piglets, llamas and huge ostrich!

Wiard’s Orchard

5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti

Metro Detroit Cider MillPhoto via Wirad's Orchard Facebook

From u-pick apples, to u-pick 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 and enjoying all of the traditional aspects of a cider mill, on every Saturday and Sunday in October enjoy extra activities during Wiard’s Country Fair. From an apple cannon, to pony rides and miniature golf, the family fun is endless! If getting spooked is up your alley, check out Wiard’s “Night Terrors” premier haunted thrill park that includes six attractions! wirads.com

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