Symphonies in cider
A short guide to notable apple orchards and cider mills in metro Detroit
Published: September 21, 2011
Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill 1540 East Commerce Rd., Commerce, 48382; 248-360-3774; longsorchard.com: Besides offering up fresh cider and apples, throughout October Long's has a 5 acre moonlight corn maze on weekends to explore. Also, just in time for Halloween they offer an enormous pumpkin patch for your picking. Open noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Markillie Orchard & Cider Mill 5200 N. Latson Rd., Howell 48855; 517-546-3485; markillieorchard.com: Offers 12 different varieties of apples to choose from that are already picked. They also sell fresh pressed cider, caramel apple chips, maple syrup, salsa and "Naturally Nutty" products. Open noon-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closes Nov. 2.
Miller's Big Apple Red Orchard 4900 32 Mile Rd., Washington Twp.; 586-752-7888; millers-bigred.com: Besides offering the usual favorites — "U-Pick" of various fruits, fresh cider, donuts, caramel apples – Miller's also has wagon rides, a petting farm and the alarmingly titled "Straw Mountain." They'll be celebrating the third installment of their Third Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival Aug. 27-28, which features various activities in honor of their fresh tomatoes. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closes late October.
Obstbaum Orchards 9252 Currie Rd., Salem; 734-560-2840; obstbaum.com: A short ride from Plymouth and Northville, Obstbaum (German for "fruit tree") offers the chance to watch cider being pressed while you munch on donuts and swill down cider. Owners Hans and Lynda Neuroth enjoy answering questions or accommodating special requests. Find their full range of products on their website. Open 10 a.m.-6.pm. Saturday-Sunday (They'll close an hour earlier after daylight savings time). Season ends late October.
Paint Creek Cider Mill 4480 Orion Rd., Oakland Twp.; 248-656-3400; paintcreekcidermill.org: Building upon traditional cider mill offerings, Paint Creek also delivers for those with desires for a larger, more varied menu with homemade apple bread, pistachio nut bread, an ice cream parlor and coney dogs. Enjoy a walk on the scenic Paint Creek trail or a relaxing evening on their porch. Open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closes mid-November.
Parmenter's Northville 714 Baseline Rd., Northville; 248-349-3181; northvillecider.com: Northville's second-oldest continuously operating business has the usual favorites — cider, donuts, caramel apples, apple butter, pumpkin butter, honey, maple syrup — you'll find cider slushes, apple chips drizzled with caramel, white cheddar cheese, cherry salsa, wines and candies ranging from lollipops to wax fangs. Open daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. until Nov. 20 (though they tend to close a bit earlier after the switch back to daylight savings).
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill 10685 Warren Rd., Plymouth; 734-455-2290; plymouthorchards.com: The retail store stocks ciders, donuts, unusual jams and jellies, maple syrup and honey; a visit offers the chance for a scenic wagon ride or a stroll through the pumpkin patch, where "U-pick." The store also stocks several varieties of apples, including those now in season, such as Portland and Red Delicious. Picturesque barnyard animals include goats, sheep, chickens, bunnies, pigs, cows and llamas. Open daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. until Nov. 6. The mill's secondary market on Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. until Nov. 23.
Porter's Orchard 12060 Hegel Rd., Goodrich; 810-636-7156; portersorchard.com: A jack-of-all trades with free hayrides, "U-pick" apples, pumpkins, fresh donuts, pony rides, a corn maze, hay rides, fudge, ice-cream. Also, they handle making fresh salsa, trail-mix and jams. Check the website for special events including dates for a car show and flea markets. The kids can have their fun too with Porter's large petting zoo open. Open during September 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday; open in October Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday. Closes Halloween.
Rochester Cider Mill 5125 N. Rochester Rd., Rochester; 248-651-4224; rochestercidermill.com: The Barkham family is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their cider mill which claims their cider is "never the same from week to week, except for its excellent flavor and taste." Besides its freshly produced donuts and drinks, they have an assortment of apples and a giant hay climbing pyramid for fun. Open daily 8 a.m.-6 pm daily. Closes Dec. 31.
Spicer Orchards Farm Market and Cider Mill 10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton; 810-577-5417; spicerorchards.com: The Spicer family has a history of farming in the Detroit area dating five generations back. Their market features fresh produce, cider and doughnuts along with the family's winery specialties. Open daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closes Dec. 31.
Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill 2961 W. 32 Mile Rd., Romeo; 586-752-2453; stonycreekorchard.com: Established in 1978, Stony Creek has all the regular bases — apples to jams to donuts — covered, but on the weekends it really shines. Here you'll find ice cream, homemade apple pie, lunch items and something called the "Stony Apple" — apple slices slathered in hot caramel sauce, whipped cream, nuts and other toppings. "U-pick" is available weekends too, and their salesroom offers shipping made-to-order gift boxes. Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. until Dec 31. From Jan. 6-March open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
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