Oakland County area orchards and cider mills open for the season


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Jan 20, 2024

Oakland County area orchards and cider mills open for the season

Area orchards and cider mills are opening for the season, offering treats such as apple cider, doughnuts, pies and fresh apples, plus activities including corn mazes, petting zoos and playgrounds and

Area orchards and cider mills are opening for the season, offering treats such as apple cider, doughnuts, pies and fresh apples, plus activities including corn mazes, petting zoos and playgrounds and coming soon — hay rides and pumpkin patches.

Statewide, the 2023 Michigan apple harvest crop estimate is 32 million bushels (1.344 billion pounds), well above the average annual crop size of approximately 24 million bushels, according to a news release from the Michigan Apple Committee.

The estimate was announced Aug. 18, as part of the USApple Outlook meeting held in Chicago.

The 2022 Michigan harvest was a record 32.38 million bushels, according to the USDA.

“This fall brings the second large Michigan Apple crop in a row for our industry,” Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee, said in the news release.

“As growers continue to plant high-density orchards and adopt other innovative growing practices, Michigan’s apple crop will continue to grow.”

For more information, visit MichiganApples.com.

The following is a list of orchards and cider mills in Oakland County and nearby:

• Ashton Orchards, 3925 Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville, 248-627-6671 – Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon -5 p.m. Sunday, (closed on Mondays), Aug. 16 through the end of season. Pre-picked apples, cider mill, doughnuts, pies, baked goods, seasonal produce.

• Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 1479 Ranch Road, Holly, 248-634-8981, www.diehlsorchard.com – Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Aug. 15 through Oct. 31, Later in season, open noon-5 p.m. weekends, Nov. 4-19. Pre-picked apples, cider mill, doughnuts, in season- pumpkin patch and corn maze. Ciderfest is 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept 23-24. Ciderfest Run is 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23.

• Blake’s Lyon Township, formerly Erwin’s Orchards & Cider Mill, 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon, 248-437-0150, www.blakefarms.com – Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 7. Starting Sept. 8, hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 31. Apples, raspberries in season, donuts, cider, petting zoo, u-pick is 9 a.m.-5 p.m., tractor rides, corn maze in season, seasonal produce. Fall Kick Off Celebration is 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 9, with live music, food trucks and cider garden, and includes free Funland admission from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Donut Dash 5K Fun Run is 9 a.m. Sept. 10.

• Fogler’s Orchard & Farm Market, 3979 Rochester Road, (Rochester and Gunn Road), Rochester, 248-652-3614, foglersgreenhouse.com – Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 a.m. Sunday. Seasonal produce- apples, corn, tomatoes, peaches, melons, raspberries. Pumpkin patch opens mid-September.

• Franklin Cider Mill, 7450 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, 248-626-2968, franklincidermill.com – Open 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily, Sept. 2-Nov. 26. Cider mill, apples, doughnuts, pies, jams, salsas, meats, cheeses and hot dogs.

• Goodison Cider Mill, 4295 Orion Road, Rochester, 248-652-8450, goodisoncidermill.com, www.facebook.com/GoodisonCiderMill – Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Sept. 1, through November and then 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday until Christmas Eve. Cider mill, pre-picked apples, caramel apples, doughnuts, pies and Pistachio Nut Bread.

• Long Family Orchard Farm & Cider Mill, 1540 East Commerce Road, Commerce Township, 248-360-3774, longsorchard.com – Apples, cider and fresh produce in season. Open 1-6 p.m. drive-through, while supplies last, drive-thru service. Apples start mid September.

• Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Road, Rochester, 248-656-3400, paint-creek-cider-mill.business.site – Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends. (Winter hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) Cider, doughnuts, ice cream, café with made from scratch menu, located by Paint Creek Trail.

• Rochester Cider Mill, 5125 N. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, 248-651-4224, rochestercidermill.com – Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Sept. 1 through the height of the season, hours vary later in the season. Cider mill, petting farm, doughnuts, pie, apples, produce, cash or check only.

• Yates Cider Mill, 1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, 248-651-8300, yatescidermill.com – Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through the season. Yates at Canterbury Village, 2375 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion, is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 30 through the season. Apples, cider, doughnuts, ice cream, fudge and other food products.

• Big Red Apple Orchard, 4900 32-Mile Road, Washington Township, 586-752-7888, facebook.com/bigredorchard – Open Friday-Sunday, mid September through season. U-pick apples, cider and doughnuts.

• Blake’s Big Apple Orchard is at 71485 North Ave., Armada, 586-784-9710. Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill and Blake’s Hard Cider-Winery & Tasting Room are at 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, 586-784-5343, blakefarms.com. Orchards are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through early November, seasonal U-pick is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Blake’s Backyard store is at 5590 Van Dyke, Almont.

• Hy’s Cider Mill, 6350 37 Mile Road, Bruce Township, 810-798-3611, hyscidermill.com, facebook.com/hyscidermillMI – Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 9-Nov. 5. (Select U-pick dates, check Facebook page or call), $20 minimum pick.

• Mueller’s Orchard and Cider Mill, 6036 Lobdell Road, Linden, 810-735-7676, muellersorchardandcidermill.com – Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 6 through October, then 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, through Nov. 19. Apple of Your Eye Showcase car show, featuring music, food vendors, youth activities, fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is Sept. 9-10.

• Historic Parshallville Cider Mill, 8507 Parshallville Road, Fenton, 810-629-9079, https://parshallvillecidermill.com, facebook.com/Parshallville-Cider-Mill-207897469274391.

• Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill, 714 Baseline Road, Northville, 248-349-3181, northvillecider.com – Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, Aug. 26 through the season. Cider mill, doughnuts, pies and other food products. Winery and brewery hours are 3-11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• Porter’s Orchard Farm Market & Cider Mill, 12060 E. Hegel Road, Goodrich, 810-636-7156, portersorchard.com – Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday to Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 through Labor Day, then 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday to Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday through November, and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas. Apples, cider, donuts, pies and food products. Starting in mid-September: hayrides, corn mazes, u-pick pumpkins.

• Spicer Orchards, 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton, 810-632-7692, spicerorchards.com – Orchard u-pick, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily through the season. Farm market is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Winery is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. U-pick and already picked apples, raspberries, and other seasonal produce, winery and ice cream, corn maze, playground. Wine & Harvest Festival is Sept. 16-17.

• Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill, 2961 W. 32 Mile Road, Romeo, 586-752-2453, stonycreekorchard.com – Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Sept. 15 through the season. U-pick is available Saturday and Sunday.

• Verellen Orchards, 63260 Van Dyke, Romeo, 586-752-2989, facebook.com/VerellenOrchards – Open 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends, already picked apples and fresh produce in season.

• Westview Orchards & Winery, 65075 Van Dyke (M-53), at 30 Mile Road, two miles south of Romeo, 586-752-3123, westvieworchards.com, facebook.com/WestviewOrchards – U-pick apples, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through season. Farm market open 8 a.m.-6 p.m., daily through the season, winery open 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Corn maze, u-pick apples, peaches, raspberries and vegetables in season.

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