It’s mid-October, and if you haven’t visited a cider mill in southeast Michigan yet, you’re behind schedule! So far we’ve looked at Parmenter’s Cider Mill and Spicer Orchards, as well as Diehl’s and Plymouth Orchards. If you’re ready for another dose of cider (and another dozen or so doughnuts), read on.
Yates Cider Mill of Rochester Hills is one of Metro Detroit’s best known, having been featured on the Food Network! One of the oldest continually running businesses in the state, Yates has a history that dates back over 150 years.
“We have been using a water-powered press here at Yates to make our cider since 1876,” Mike Titus, owner of Yates Cider Mill, said. The water-powered press can produce up to 300 gallons of apple cider every hour!
Yates offers plain, cinnamon sugar and powdered doughnuts, along with gluten free cinnamon sugar doughnuts. The mill also offers signature baked goods, including Molasses cookies, pocket pies, apple turnovers and four varieties of apple pies all made in-house. Do yourself a favor and pick up a Caramel Apple Pie during your visit!
Yates has a new location at Canterbury Village in Lake Orion that is in its second season, which offers all of the same products as the mill and is open year round.
Apple Charlie’s, located in New Boston, offers a full spread of fall fun—including cider and doughnuts, u-pick apples, hayrides, an animal farm and more.
“We have some bouncy houses for the kids, and on Saturdays and Sundays, we offer pony rides,” Mary Grover of Apple Charlie’s said. “We have a barn full of animals,” she added, noting that cows, sheep, goats, pigs and an ostrich are a few of the animals you’ll see.
While u-pick has been booming since the beginning of the season, it will wrap up within the next two weeks or so, according to Grover, whose son owns the mill. Before then, Winesaps will soon be ready to pick.
Bagged and ready to purchase apples will continue to be sold in the store. Additional items available for purchase at the mill include caramel dip, candy, Dutch apple pie, apple chopped cinnamon bread and Apple Charlie’s award-winning pumpkin pie.
Apples, cider and doughnuts…. enjoy the best flavors fall has to offer!