Fall is here in Michigan, whether we want it or not. If you’re an optimist then the arrival of fall means one thing: apple season. This time of year is pretty sweet if you’re a Michigander; visiting apple orchards, picking apples, drinking cider, eating cider mill donuts. To help you get the most out of the fall, we’ve put together a list of the best apple orchards in southeast Michigan.
First on the list is Yates Cider Mill. This old-fashioned cider mill was founded in 1863, making it one of the oldest businesses that’s still operating in Michigan. After over 150 years of operation, it’s no doubt that Yates is a household name in Michigan for all things apples, cider, donuts, and fall. Come see the old fashioned way of producing cider, using the Clinton River’s water power. You can even see the process of making delicious cider mill donuts. Before you leave, don’t forget to get a taste of the cider and donuts, everyone needs to try them. If you’re looking to get your hands on some fresh apples, then head over to the apple tent and pick yourself out a bag.
Blake’s is another Michigan staple. With over 15 varieties of apples to pick, spooky haunted attractions, and their Michigan-famous Blake’s Hard Cider, Blake’s has something to offer for everyone. As Blake’s was one of the first orchards to offer ‘u-pick’ here in Michigan, they’ve had plenty of years to perfect it. Blake Farms Apple Orchards makes the list every year for being one of the best apple orchards in Michigan.
Take a look at the harvest calendar to find out when your favorite apple is ready for picking!
Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill was established in 1977 and, over the years, has become a beautiful organic-certified working farm. It definitely makes the list of best apple orchards to visit in southeast Michigan this fall. Take a wagon ride on a tour of the property and learn about the history of the farm. Make sure you and the kids visit the farm animals or the u-pick pumpkin patch later in the season.
Your visit isn’t complete until you check out the cider mill. Here you can pick up fresh apples, warm pies, fresh-baked donuts, and (of course) apple cider. Get the most out of fall by visiting Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill.
Spicer Orchards is perpetually on the list of top apple orchards in southeast Michigan. The family-friendly activities and plethora of tasty apples make it the perfect weekend day trip for the whole family.
Take a wagon ride out to the orchard where you can search for the perfect apples, whether they be for snacking or baking. When you’re satisfied with your apples, head over to the cider mill for fresh, warm donuts and just-made cider. You can’t go wrong when you spend the day at Spicer Orchards.
Diehl’s Orchard, located in Holly, MI, is a beautiful orchard in a small town. While they don’t offer a pick-your-own option, you can still buy apples straight from the farm. This place still has ton to do for the whole family. From taking a stroll through the orchards or finding your way through the corn maze to taking a pony ride or watching the fresh donuts and cider get made, Diehl’s Orchard & Cider Mill has something for everyone.
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