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

Here are some of the best cider mills and u-pick orchards in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to visit in 2021.

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 2021.

Macomb County

Altermatt Farms

Altermatt Farms has a variety of produce, and it is all sold in their farmer’s market daily.

Big Red Orchard 

Take a wagon ride to the fields and pick your own apples or pumpkins. Enjoy some free family fun activities including cornhole, straw mountain, a petting zoo and more.

Blake Farms

Head into the fields to pick your own apples or select pre-picked apples and other apple products in the market.

Hy’s Cider Mill

Hy’s is a great Michigan spot to spend a day picking apples and drinking fresh cider from the working mill. Open weekends only September 11-November 17, check the website for updated picking schedule of your favorite apple and for changes in restrictions.

Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill

  • Address: 2961 W. 32 Mile Road, Romeo
  • Cost: $30/four people (1/2 bushel), $20/two people (1 bushel), $3/person for any additional person
  • Stock: Apples

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.

Westview Orchard and Adventure Farm

The orchard and farm offers everything from a “Bee-”designed corn maze to apples straight from the trees.

Oakland County

Ashton Orchards Cider Mill

For top-notch cider and donuts that melt in your mouth, visit Ashton. Stop in the bakery for pies, breads, caramel apples, pastries and apple sauce.

Cook’s Farm Dairy

Cook’s has been serving the metro Detroit area since 1933. 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.

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill

Diehl’s pre-picks the apples at the new walk-up window or come during the week or Saturday morning to beat the crowds in the pack-n-tote room. There will be no U-Pick. Ciderfest 2021 will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 25-26, and the Ciderfest Run will take place 8-10 a.m. on Sept. 25. The Corn Maze will be open from Sept. 6-Oct. 31.

Erwin Orchards, Inc.

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

Franklin Cider Mill

Check the mill’s Facebook page or website to learn what is being picked each week from the 25 varieties of apples. They offer cider and donuts outside on the lower level or inside (with masks). There will also be “Franklin’ Favorites” for sale in the tent this year.

Goodison Cider Mill

Stop by for a gallon of fresh-made cider and apples to take home. The mill will continue to accept cash, credit cards and checks.

Long Family Orchard, Farm & Cider Mill

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

Rochester Cider Mill

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

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 pony rides. Guests are asked to wear masks when inside the building and in places that you cannot social distance. Only send one person from your party inside to make purchases.

Washtenaw County

Alber Orchard & Cider Mill

Opening Sept. 11, families can select from more than 100 varieties of apples that are pre-picked from the heirloom orchard.

Coleman’s Corn Maze

Coleman’s is more than a corn maze. The farm also boasts fresh-made donuts, u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkins, hayrides and free petting barn and baby animals.

Dexter Cider Mill

This is Michigan’s 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.

Jenny’s Farm Stand and Cider Mill 

Come check out the free straw maze and petting farm and pick out your own apples or pumpkins. Enjoy pony or hayrides and shop the store for apple cider, donuts, canned pickles, jams and salsas.

Lesser Farms and Orchards

At this sixth-generation family farm, stock up on cider, honeycomb, homemade jams and jellies and more. Also offers gluten free donuts at a first come, first serve basis.

The Frosty Apple

Leave the picking to the professionals and grab a variety of apples fresh off the cart at The Frosty Apple.

Wasem Fruit Farm

Cider and doughnuts are lures in addition to over a dozen varieties of apples. Due to a small crop this year, U-pick will be temporarily unavailable. You can select your own pumpkin.

Wiard’s Orchards & Country Fair

  • Address: 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. 11. 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.

Wayne County

Apple Charlie’s

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.

Detroit Farm & Cider 

This Black-owned Detroit farm offers 139 fruit trees from which families can pick apples in the fall or cherries in the spring. Plus, on-site greenhouses offer organic produce and there are hayrides, donuts and hot cider in the fall.

DeBuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

With 20 acres of pumpkins in varying colors and shapes, there’s plenty to choose from at DeBuck’s. Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, plus access to the corn mazes and family fun areas.

Obstbaum Orchards

Opening Sept. 11, 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.

Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill

Since 1873, Parmenter’s has offered the best in fall fare, including donuts, pies, pumpkin butter, cider, roasted almonds and much more. Staff members will continue wearing masks and ask customers to wear one if they’re not vaccinated.

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


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