Cider & Doughnuts: Fall Flavors at Diehl’s & Plymouth Orchards

By: Amber Ogden | September 21, 2015

The first day of fall is merely two days away, and that means it’s officially cider and doughnut season! While recently we’ve reviewed two local cider mills, it’s time for another round of sugary goodness.

If you’re planning a trip to the cider mill to celebrate autumn, check out:

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill of Holly, where co-owner Chris Diehl and her brood provide the perfect family setting. Open for the season since Saturday, Aug. 15, Diehl’s keeps things simple with a personal touch.

“We’re not such a huge orchard that we can’t mingle with our customers. We know a lot of our customers by name,” Diehl said.

Diehl's Orchard and Cider Mill

(Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill, photo courtesy of Chris Diehl)

Besides the famous cider and doughnuts, you’ll find a store full of jams and jellies, old-fashioned candies, local honey and works from local artisans. Hayrides and corn mazes are also an attraction.

This year, visitors will notice fresh décor inside the cider mill along with a newly opened pond, where customers can enjoy their purchases. Also new is a history wall, sharing Diehl’s story dating back to 1948.

This Saturday and Sunday, head to Diehl’s for Ciderfest, a weekend-long extravaganza including a one- and four-mile run, live entertainment, face painting, craft show and more.

Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill opened for the season on Saturday, Sept. 5 and features a few new additions this fall, including a cider mill garden with seating and a children’s straw maze.

This year, the orchard’s big focus is transitioning to organic products, according to owner Mary Emmett. She noted that dried apples and select pumpkins will be a few such items offered. The orchard is also producing more pumpkins, in addition to gourds and garlic, this fall.

Of course, cider and doughnuts are the highlight, along with everyone’s favorite cider slush. Plymouth Orchards also offers pies, caramel apples, jams, jellies, u-pick pumpkins and more.

“I think what people like about our place is that it’s simple, it’s pretty natural and I think our products are exceptional,” Emmett said.

During your visit, show this photo at the counter, and half a peck of apples will be donated to Food Gatherers, an Ann Arbor-based food rescue and food bank.

Fall in Metro Detroit wouldn’t be the same without exploring a cider mill or two!