Six Local Cider Mills That Will Help You Fall into Autumn

By: Michael Fossbakk | September 11, 2020

Parmenter's Cider Mill in Northville, Michigan. Photo credit: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.

With school starting and the weather slowly starting to cool down, Metro Detroiters are slowly starting to transition to a fall state of mind. Everyone knows how beautiful southeast Michigan autumns can be, which makes saying goodbye to the summer season a little easier. Also making things a little easier are the fall traditions, in which heading to a cider mill has to be on the top of the list. To help you cope with your end-of-summer blues, here are five cider mills you must visit over the coming fall months.

Parmenter’s Cider Mill

To ensure the safety of their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Parmenter’s Cider Mill in Northville will be open for drive-thru service only this year. Customers can drive up to the Cider Mill, place their order with a team member (while wearing a mask) and proceed through the service line. This year, you will also be able to order ahead through Parmenter’s website or through the Clover smartphone app by searching “Northville Cider Mill.”

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. Because of how crowded Yates can get on the weekend, they are recommending people come on weekdays, if possible. Whenever you decide to take the family to Yates this fall, be sure to get there early as parking tends to fill up quickly!

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Rochester Cider Mill

For the better part of three decades the Rochester Cider Mill has been providing 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 are always sure to feature the richest and highest quality unpasteurized cider around. The Cider Mill also prides itself on its family atmosphere, where kids can enjoy a petting farm, a hay pyramid and pumpkin/apple themed slides.

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. The Cider Mill just opened its doors over Labor Day Weekend and will stay open until the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Chevy Colorado at Franklin Cider Mill

Franklin Cider Mill in . Photo credit: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers.

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill

Whether you want hot, cold or slushy cider, Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill has the perfect cider 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 here.

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.