Best Cider Mills and U-Pick Orchards in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Join the fall festivities in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Here are some of the best cider mills and u-pick orchards in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to visit in 2020.

Red apples hanging from an apple tree in an orchard

Delight your taste buds with some fresh cinnamon sugar doughnuts and homemade apple cider at southeast Michigan best cider mills and apple orchards this fall.

Bring out the whole family and make a day of it – head to one of your local orchards to pick apples, venture through a corn maze or one of the many other cool attractions offered.

Many locations are open daily; some even year ’round. Browse this list of the best cider mills in Michigan’s southeast region – and head out to your hometown orchard to make sweet fall memories with your family and friends!

And if you’re looking for even more fall family activities, check out our list of best corn mazes, coolest hayrides and haunted houses and top Halloween events in 2020.

Macomb County

Altermatt Farms

  • Where: 16470 25 Mile Road, Macomb
  • Cost: Sold by size
  • Stock: Pumpkins

Altermatt Farms has a variety of produce, and it is all sold in their farmers market daily. Masks are required inside the market.

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Blake Farms

  • Where: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
  • Cost: $20 minimum per car for u-pick
  • Stock: Apples, Pumpkins, Corn Maze

Head into the fields to pick your own apples or mask up to select pre-picked apples and other apple products in the market. Social distancing is required on wagon rides, so capacity will be limited. Masks are required inside, but not outdoors or in the fields when social distancing can be maintained.

Hy’s Cider Mill

  • Where: 6350 37 Mile Road, Romeo
  • Cost: $5-$8 1/2 peck in store, $9-$15 peck in store
  • Stock: Apples

Hys is a great Michigan spot to spend a day picking apples and drinking fresh cider from the working mill. Open weekends only beginning Sept. 7, check the website for updated picking schedule of your favorite apple and for changes in restrictions.

Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill

  • Where: 2961 W. 32 Mile Road, Romeo
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples, Pears, Pumpkins

The orchard and cider mill opens in early September for families looking for fall fare. For those not wanting to take to the fields, the farm stand stocks fruit fresh from the trees.

Verellen Orchards

  • Where: 63260 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

U-pick is only offered for cherries and strawberries, but Verellens apples are top notch at the stand. Curbside pickup is available and customers who stop at the stands or store are asked to utilize face coverings and social distancing.

Westview Orchard and Adventure Farm

  • Where: 65075 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township
  • Cost: $3.50-$10.50, Free 36 inches and shorter; $9 1/2 peck bag apples; Pumpkins sold by weight
  • Stock: Apples, Pumpkins, Corn Maze

The orchard and farm offers everything from a “Bee-”designed corn maze to apples straight from the trees. Masks are required on wagon rides and online tickets should be purchased to limit lines at check-in.

Oakland County

Ashton Orchards Cider Mill

  • Where: 3925 Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

For top-notch cider and donuts that melt in your mouth, visit Ashton. In addition to face coverings required in the store, the orchard has instituted curbside pickup.

Cook’s Farm Dairy

  • Where: 2950 E. Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville
  • Cost: Varies by size
  • Stock: Pumpkins

Cooks has been serving the metro Detroit area since 1933, and in October families can enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins. Then, stay for a donut or try seasonal ice cream flavors like caramel apple and pumpkin crunch. Pumpkins are also available for sale in their pavilion, where families should wear masks.

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill

  • Where: 1479 Ranch Road, Holly
  • Cost: Varies by size, $5 corn maze
  • Stock: Apples, Pumpkins, Corn Maze

Diehl’s pre-picks the apples and has created a walk-up window for coronavirus safety precautions. Ciderfest 2020 will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26-27, and the Ciderfest Run has gone virtual (see website to sign up). The Corn Maze opens Sept. 12.

Erwin Orchards, Inc.

  • Where: 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples, Pumpkins, Corn Maze

Enjoy traditional cider and donuts, then head to the family-friendly corn maze, find pumpkins (late September), and pick from any of the eight varieties of apples.

Franklin Cider Mill

  • Where: 7450 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills
  • Cost: Pre-picked sold by the peck and bushel, priced by market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

Check the mills Facebook page or website to learn what is being picked each week from the 25 varieties of apples. The family says that this season, which starts Sept. 5, will look a little different, with redesigned outdoor sales. Online sales will be offered to avoid waiting in lines and the 1832 working mill will not be opened this year to customers. A smooth jazz player will return on weekends for families that remain in Franklin Village.

Goodison Cider Mill

  • Where: 4295 Orion Road, Rochester
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

Stop by for a gallon of fresh-made cider and apples to take home. Families will be expected to wear masks and maintain social distancing. The mill will continue to accept cash, credit cards and checks.

Long Family Orchard, Farm & Cider Mill

  • Where: 1540 E. Commerce Road, Commerce Township
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples, Corn Maze, Pumpkins

Pick your own apples and pumpkins, take a relaxing wagon ride and test your nerves in the Night Time Corn Maze. Try some homemade doughnuts and cider. Pick up some honey, apple butter, preserves and breads too.

Rochester Cider Mill

  • Where: 5125 N. Rochester Road, Rochester
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

Pick up apples in the store, then take the kiddos out to climb the straw pyramid and see the petting farm. You can also admire a collection of antique farm equipment outside and in, where you can guess what the old tools were used for by matching their number to a description.

Yates Cider Mill

  • Where: 1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

Pick up your apples in the apple tent, then head to the Fudge Shoppe for even more tasty treats. Kids love the petting zoo and Pulp Car that dumps 160 bushels of pressed apple cider pumice. Guests are asked to wear masks when entering the mill and send only one family member into the store.

Washtenaw County

Alber Orchard & Cider Mill

  • Where: 13011 Bethel Church Road, Manchester
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples, Corn Maze, Pumpkins

Opening Sept. 8, families can select from more than 100 varieties of apples that are pre-picked from the heirloom orchard. Riding the hay wagon is $3 per person and $5 to enter the family-friendly corn maze. Check website or Facebook page before you go for updated coronavirus requirements, including social distancing and face masks.

Coleman’s Corn Maze

  • Where: 12758 Jordan Road, Saline
  • Cost: $3-$9 pumpkins
  • Stock: Apples, Pumpkins, Corn Maze

Coleman’s is more than a corn maze. The farm also boasts fresh-made donuts, u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkins and free petting barn and baby animals. Check the farms Facebook page for updated coronavirus requirements.

Dexter Cider Mil

  • Where: 3685 Central St., Dexter
  • Cost: Call for market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

This is Michigans oldest continuously operating cider mill. Dexter Cider Mill offers fresh doughnuts and apple nut bread daily, as well as apples from the barrel. More homemade treats are available on the weekends. Check website or Facebook page before you go for updated coronavirus requirements, including social distancing and face masks.

Lesser Farms and Orchards

  • Where: 12651 Island Lake Road, Dexter
  • Cost: $7 1/2 peck, $10 peck
  • Stock: Apples, Pumpkins

At this sixth-generation family farm, stock up on cider, eggs, homemade jams and jellies and beeswax candles. Produce is pre-picked and families are encouraged to check the website and Facebook page for updated coronavirus requirements.

The Frosty Apple

  • Where: 6884 Walsh Road, Dexter
  • Cost: $6-$40 (based on quantity and kind)
  • Stock: Apples

Leave the picking to the professionals and grab a variety of apples fresh off the cart at The Frosty Apple. Check website or Facebook page before you go for updated coronavirus requirements, including social distancing and face masks.

Wasem Fruit Farm

  • Where: 6580 Judd Road, Milan
  • Cost: Check market pricing
  • Stock: Apples, Pumpkins

Cider and doughnuts are lures in addition to over a dozen varieties of apples. After a late-spring frost, U-pick season has been moved to pre-picked for customers to purchase. You can select your own pumpkin.

Wiard’s Orchards & Country Fair

  • Where: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
  • Cost: Apples: $7.95 5-pound bag; Fair: $15 ages 2 and older Wednesdays-Fridays, $20 ages 2 and older weekends, $35 season pass
  • Stock: Apples, Corn Maze, Pumpkins

The fall season of apples, pumpkins and fair will open Sept. 12. Families can enjoy the corn maze with the cost of admission, which also includes the family play areas, wagon rides, mini golf, wagon rides and more. A late frost impacted the apple crop so some varieties may only be available in the store. Pre-purchasing tickets online is highly recommended. Mini golf clubs will be sanitized between uses and on-stage singers will have one-time-use caps on the microphones. Capacity inside the store will be reduced for best social distancing, which could increase wait times. Masks are required in high-traffic areas where social distancing isnt possible, but are not required outdoors in the field when six feet from other customers.

Wayne County

Apple Charlie’s

  • Address: 38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston
  • Cost: $20 bushel
  • Stock: Apples, Pumpkins

The 95-acre farm has u-pick home grown apples and in late September the pumpkins will be ready. U-pick season will be smaller because of a late-spring frost, but families can enjoy the petting farm that includes an ostrich and pigmy goat. Pre-packaged plain donuts will be available in the shop with sugar you can add yourself. Masks are required in the buildings, but not in the fields unless social distancing can not be maintained. Homemade pies and cookies are also on the menu in the store.

DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

  • Where: 50240 Martz Road, Belleville
  • Cost: $15 admission, pumpkin costs vary by size ($10 Fridays in October)
  • Stock: Pumpkins, Corn Maze

With 20 acres of pumpkins in varying colors and shapes, theres plenty to choose from at DeBucks. Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, plus access to the corn mazes and family fun areas. Social distancing is expected and masks are required.

Obstbaum Orchards

  • Where: 9252 Curie Road, Northville
  • Cost: Check market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

Opening Sept. 12, this family-run orchard, named the German word for fruit tree,has fresh-picked apples, pressed cider and apple cinnamon doughnuts. Obstbaum offers hayrides and U-pick pumpkins. Check website or Facebook page before you go for updated coronavirus requirements, including social distancing and face masks.

Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill

  • Where: 714 Baseline Road, Northville
  • Cost: Check market pricing
  • Stock: Apples

Since 1873, Parmenters has offered the best in fall fare, including donuts, pies, pumpkin butter, cider, roasted almonds and much more. Check website or Facebook page before you go for updated coronavirus requirements, including social distancing and face masks.

This post was originally published in September 2011 and is updated regularly.

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