It’s Cider Mill Season in the D

By: Aaron B. Cohen | October 11, 2021

This is the time of year Michiganders look forward to. The leaves are changing, football is in full swing, and of course, apples are ripe for the picking. There’s no better way to bask in the changing seasons than a trip to one of your local cider mills, where the aroma of hot donuts in crisp autumn air can be matched only by the sweetness of the cider itself. We already know how fleeting the fall can be, so get over to one of these Metro Detroit institutions before it’s too late!

Parmenter’s Cider Mill

Located within the historic homes of Cabbage Town in Northville, Parmenter’s Cider Mill offers all the classic fare, plus a wide range of Michigan-made products, hot food, and a winery/brewery. The mill was originally opened in 1873 – primarily for the production of apple cider vinegar – but transitioned to the sweet beverage in 1953. Following five generations of Parmenters, the business was sold to the Bodkers, and then again to the Jones and Nelson families, who keep the legacy alive to this day. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday you can watch the cider as it’s pressed, and weekends feature fresh candied nuts and smoked kielbasa.

Yates Cider Mill

Yates Cider Mill

Photo courtesy of Yates Cider Mill.

Yates Cider Mill is a must visit destination for many families in Metro Detroit, so much so that it is one of the oldest continually running businesses in Michigan. Since 1863, Yates has provided high quality cider, donuts and apples along with breathtaking autumn views. While you’re there, make sure to taste their homeade apple, pumpkin, and pecan pie butters that will turn any piece of toast into a full-on autumn delicacy.

Rochester Cider Mill

For the better part of three decades the Rochester Cider Mill has provided families with some of the freshest apples, cider, donuts and even fudge featuring Michigan ingredients. The Barkham family has been producing cider in the Rochester area for several generations and consistently feature some of the the richest, unpasteurized cider around. This Cider Mill is known for providing a family atmosphere where kids can enjoy a petting farm, a hay pyramid and pumpkin/apple themed slides.

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Franklin Cider Mill

Contrary to its name, Franklin Cider Mill is technically located in Bloomfield Hills, but it’s right down the street from some popular Franklin Village attractions. With freshly pressed apple cider, bushels of apples and homemade donuts, it’s no wonder Franklin Cider Mill has been a family-friendly hotspot for decades. You’ll also find a delicious, local selection of jams and butters, hard salamis, and spicy mustards that lend themselves perfectly to your fall palate. Through Thanksgiving, watch in amazement as fresh apples are pressed into cider right before your eyes.

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill

Whether you want hot, cold or slushy cider, Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill has the perfect drink for any occasion. For more than 60 years, Diehl’s has been a popular autumn destination for many families and continues to produce quality cider and donuts. You can even enjoy your own private dinner and a hayride event with friends and family. Find out more information in the link above.

Erwin Orchards

Erwin Orchards is home to not only a cider mill, but a very popular U-Pick apple patch. You can find everything from Paula Red to Ginger Gold and McIntosh apples throughout the U-Pick farm. Be sure to check out the full schedule to see what apples are available and when.