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Best Cider Mills, U-Pick Orchards & Family Farm Activities in Southeast Michigan

Autumn fun is happening all over Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Here's your 2013 guide to metro Detroit and Ann Arbor!

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Dexter Cider Mill

  • Address: 3685 Central St., Dexter
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday beginning Sept. 2; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and Sunday in October
  • Phone: 734-426-8531

At north of 120 years, this is Michigan's oldest operating cider mill. Bring your kids to watch the antique mill turning out some of the best cider around. There are baked goodies on hand, too.

Lesser Farms and Orchards

  • Address: 12651 Island Lake Road, Dexter
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, September-October
  • Phone: 734-426-8009

At this fifth-generation family farm, stock up on cider, eggs, homemade jams and jellies and beeswax candles.

Lutz Orchard

  • Address: 11030 Macon Road, Saline
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends
  • Phone: 734-429-5145

Fresh-picked "antique" heirloom apples are the stars here – they're completely unique. Squash, pumpkins and other produce available, too. U-pick apple season starts in October.

The Frosty Apple

  • Address: 7000 Walsh Road, Dexter
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, Sept. 14-mid November
  • Phone: 734-426-2863

Leave the picking to the professionals and grab a variety of apples fresh off the tree at The Frosty Apple. A great way to directly support a local orchard.

Wasem Fruit Farm

  • Address: 6580 Judd Road, Milan
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning the weekend after Labor Day until the end of October (call for details)
  • Phone: 734-482-2342

While cider and doughnuts are lures, there are also cherries, gooseberries, currants, raspberries and peaches – plus famous jams and apple butters. Wasem holds tours for groups by appointment, too.

Wiard's Orchards & Country Fair

  • Address: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
  • Hours: orchard/fair: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, mid-September-end of October
  • Phone: 734-390-9211

The fair has mini golf, play areas, pony rides and a spinning vortex, while the farm teems with U-pick apples and pumpkins, corn mazes and more. Older kids can brave the Night Terrors attraction (see site for times).

Wayne County 

Apple Charlie's

  • Address: 38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. August, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. September-October; cider, pumpkin pies and other foods until Jan. 1 (call for details)
  • Phone: 734-753-9380

Besides the typical petting farm fauna, Charlie's has an ostrich, pigmy goat and a baby calf. Stop by on busy weekends to listen to live music and stroll this 95-acre farm for plenty of U-pick homegrown apples and fruits.

Obstbaum Orchards

  • Address: 9252 Currie Road, Salem
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (closes 5 p.m. during daylight saving time), Sept. 8-Oct. 27
  • Phone: 734-560-2840

This family-run orchard, named the German word for "fruit tree," has fresh-picked apples, pressed cider and apple cinnamon doughnuts.

Parmenter's Northville Cider Mill

  • Address: 714 Baseline Road, Northville
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Aug. 31-Nov. 24
  • Phone: 248-349-3181

Since 1873, Parmenter's has offered the best in fall fare, including pies, pumpkin butter, cider, roasted almonds and much more. For kids, there's a Train Play Escape and Monster Truck area.

Plymouth Orchards

  • Address: 10685 Warren Road, Plymouth
  • Hours: mill: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, September-early November; secondary market (10260 W. Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth): 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, September-day before Thanksgiving
  • Phone: 734-455-2290

Take a scenic wagon ride through the 30-acre farm, visit the petting zoo, pick your own pumpkins and enjoy some cider and cinnamon doughnuts.

Sep 21, 2011 10:55 am
 Posted by  Merrie

Historic Parshallville Grist Mill has the most beautiful setting of all and a lovely drive off US 23.

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