Apple Orchards to Visit in Metro Detroit

By: Katie Goncalves | September 5, 2023
Apples from Blake's orchard

Photo courtesy of Blake's Orchard & Cider Mill

It’s the beginning of September and that can only mean one thing for many of us Michiganders: it’s apple picking season! We are so fortunate to have an incredible climate for growing delicious apples across our state and even luckier that many of these wonderful apple orchards are just a short drive from Metro Detroit. Whether you love wandering through the rows of apple trees, finding just a few to take home to bake with, or picking bushels upon bushels of apples, these local orchards have you covered.  If you’re looking to check apple picking at an orchard off your bucket list this fall, be sure to check out these amazing Metro Detroit apple orchards. 

WIARD’S APPLE ORCHARDS AND COUNTRY FAIR

5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti Charter Township

Wiard’s Apple Orchard and Country Fair will open for the season on September 5. Travis Hill, Director of Operations, says, “We offer a large outdoor venue spanning over 100 acres, with tons of attractions that are all included in your visit! These include: hayrides, apple picking, pumpkin picking, fire engine rides, a miniature golf course, a petting farm, a live action paintball arena, an apple cannon, corn maze, a haunted house, corn crib, inflatables for all ages, playgrounds galore, and so much more! Then you can head up to our country store and get warm donuts, fresh pressed cider, hand baked pies and apple dumplings, fresh dipped caramel apples, Michigan made products, fall themed decor, and so on! Our store opens the Tuesday after Labor Day, and is open through Halloween!” Be sure to check their website frequently for orchard updates. 

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Wiard's Orchards welcome sign
Photo courtesy of Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair

BLAKE’S ORCHARD & CIDER MILL

17985 Armada Center Road, Armada

Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill is a longtime staple for fall fun that has expanded to four different locations over the years. “From the ritual of apple and pumpkin picking to the comforting embrace of hot donuts and cider, our four distinct destinations are a playground for every age. Embark on a farm tour, witness the alchemy of apple pressing as nature’s bounty turns to liquid gold before your eyes, and watch Barnyard Funland light up your little ones’ faces. Let the orchard’s beauty unfold on a hayride, and for the adventurous spirits, our 5K Fun Runs promise laughter and accomplishment. If you dare to chase the thrill, our Haunted Attractions redefine fear with heart-pounding excitement, a must for the brave-hearted. And for your taste buds? Trust the chorus of our loyal patrons and savor our iconic party-pretzel and the one-of-a-kind Blake’s Hard Cider – a symphony of flavor born from a blend of five apple varieties,” says Jacqlyn Bradford, Director of Marketing.

Blake's Orchard Sign with pumpkins
Photo courtesy of Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

LONG FAMILY FARM, ORCHARD & CIDER MILL

1540 East Commerce Road, Commerce Charter Township

Long Family Farm, Orchard & Cider Mill is an area favorite for picking your own farm-grown produce. They grow ten varieties of apples on their farm and the picking season starts in September each year. They also have pumpkin picking in the fall as well as tons of fun fall activities like their corn maze which changes yearly.

HY’S CIDER MILL

6350 37 Mile Road, Bruce Township

Hy’s Cider Mill has been family-owned and operated for more than 80 years. Their u-pick apple season starts on September 9th and runs through November 6th on weekends only. They grow 12 different varieties of apples and most varieties are available for two to three weeks after their beginning picking dates. Be sure to stop in their store for cider, donuts, and so much more.

SPICER ORCHARDS

10411 Clyde Road, Fenton

Spicer Orchards is officially open for the apple-picking season! The apple varieties available for picking vary throughout the fall. They also have a wide range of fun fall activities for the whole family including a corn maze and a pumpkin patch. You can stop in for cider, donuts, and locally-made goodies in their farm store as well.

 

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