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The Best Apple Orchards & Cider Mills near Ann Arbor

One of my favorite fall activities is picking apples, enjoying cider and donuts, and enjoying a fresh baked apple pie. I’ve compiled a list of Ann Arbor Apple Orchards and Cider Mills. I have split the list into those offering U-Pick Orchards and those that do not.

Overall apple orchards and cider mills are mostly outside activities and can be a good choice for social distancing. If possible, I suggest a weekday to minimize crowds and going early in the morning. Personally, we are very cautious with social distancing and would skip extra activities like hay rides where distancing is more difficult.

I have compiled information on several of the local apple orchards and cider mills. If I missed someplace, let me know in the comments or by email.


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Ann Arbor U-Pick Apple Orchards

While there are no actual Ann Arbor Apple Orchards, there are several nearby options that offer u-pick apples.


Wasem Fruit Farm

Our favorite apple orchard to visit is Wasem Fruit Farm which offers a number of varieties of apples for u-pick. Wasem has a very small crop for the 2020 season. There was a late frost Mother’s Day weekend that damaged many trees leaving them with about a 25% yield. Because of the low yield they are allowing picking by the peck for 2020 instead of requiring a half-bushel

They often have u-pick raspberries and the start of apple season and will have u-pick pumpkins later in the fall. They serve donuts and cider (which is also available by the gallon). I recommend arriving early and getting your donut and cider first as the lines get long. One of our favorite purchases there is also popcorn by the gallon (also available in smaller jugs). Last year we bought a gallon when we went apple picking and it was almost half gone by the time we went pumpkin picking.

Check out our 6 Tips for Apple Picking at Wasem based on our visit at the end of September 2017.

At a Glance

Address: 6580 Judd Rd, Milan
Hours: Vary by u-pick availability. As of 9/21: Wednesadys 10a-6p, Thursdays-Sundays 9a-6p
Price:
$22/half bushel, $14/peck
Other Products: Cider, Donuts, Popcorn, Pumpkins, More



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Spicer Orchards

Spicer Orchards in Fenton is another farm where we have picked both apples and cherries in the past. They are the best location for cherries offering both sweet and tart (pie) cherries typically in July. We usually visit other apple orchards to pick apples that are closer to our house, but have picked at the Spicer apple orchard sometimes since they offer earlier varieties of apples.

They are open for the 2020 season and have made some changes for social distancing. Pick your own purchase stations have moved outside. Donuts and Cider are also available outside. Wagon rides are socially distant.

They typically offer a lot of other activities (some with additional cost) such as inflatables, playground, animals, hayrides, pony rides, train rides, face painting, sand art, and more. With social distancing due to COVID, some of the extra activities are not operating. The playground, animals, and wagon rides are open. From their Facebook, it appears that they have food trucks on Saturdays.

At a Glance

Address: 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton
Hours: 9a-7p Daily
Other Products:
Donuts, Cider, Wine, Other fruits



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Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair

Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair combines u-pick fruit with the activities of a country fair. The Country Fair opens on weekends starting Saturday, September 7. Beginning Friday, September 27 they will also be open Wednesday-Fridays. They close for the season on October 31.

Their apple crop was severely damaged by a late freeze, so they are only offering u-pick apples on weekdays (while available). There will be no u-pick apples on the weekends

In addition to offering u-pick apples, they also offer family fun with corn maze, playgrounds, slides, inflatables, mini-golf and more. The downside is the admission price ($15/person Wednesday-Friday and $20/person Saturday & Sunday, free for babies under 2). Apple and Pumpkin picking are only for Country Fair guests (no apples on the weekend in 2020) at an additional cost. We only visited the market at Wiard’s (once), and never their orchard or Country Fair, largely due to the cost. Our visit was around lunchtime on a Sunday and the parking lot was crowded for the Country Fair.

There are several social distancing changes for 2020. Some of the activities are not being offered. Tickets must be bought online in advance for timed entry.

Wiard’s also operates Night Terrors on Fridays, and Saturdays from September 19 through September 30 and Thursday-Sunday from October 1-November 1.. I recommend Night Terrors for tweens, teens, and adults. While they are taking COVID-19 distancing precautions, the CDC does classify haunted houses as a high risk activity.

At a Glance

Address: 5565 Merritt Rd
Hours: 11a-5:30p Wednesdays-Sundays
Opening Dates: September 12-October 31
Other Products:
Donuts, Cider, Pumpkins, Activities



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Kapnick Orchards

Lenawee County’s Kapnick Orchards offers Pick Your Own Apples. They also have a pumpkin patch.

For 2020 they are not offering wagon rides for social distancing. You will have to drive to the orchards. They have also canceled their annual Apple Festival this year.

At a Glance

Address: 4245 Rogers Hwy, Britton
Hours: 7a-7p Monday-Friday, 7a-8p Saturday, 8a-6p Sunday
Pricing: $14/peck, $20/1/2 bushel
Offerings: Apples, Pumpkins, cider, donuts, more



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Erie Orchards & Cider Mill

Erie Orchards in Erie offers u-pick apples as well as pre-picked apples.

While Erie Orchards is not certified organic, they do minimize the use of chemicals and do not use chemicals which are absorbed into the tree.

They are offering hayrides, pony rides, magic shows on select weekends as part of Kids Weekends. Check their Facebook page for any announcements. They typically hold festivals each year, but they are not holding them in 2020.

At a Glance

Address: 1235 Erie Rd, Erie
Hours: 9a-7p Monday-Saturday, 11a-6p Sunday
Price:
$15/peck, $26/half bushel
Other Products: Apples, Donuts, Cider, Cider Slush, Pumpkins, Pies, Corn Stalks, Straw & more



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Erwin Orchards

Erwin Orchards & Cider Mill is open daily.

In addition to u-pick apples, they also offer u-pick raspberries and pumpkins while available, cider and donuts, wagon rides, a corn maze, goat walk, and sunflower garden every day. On Saturdays and/or Sundays they have additional attractions at additional cost that can inclue Carousel Acres Petting Farm, Farmer Bill’s Target Paintball, Mr Bee’s Big 3D Adventure, Mystic Kettle (kettle corn), and Larry Arbour (music).

Note: They only accept cash and check, no debit or credit cards. There is an on-site ATM

At a Glance

Address: 61475 Silver Lake Rd, South Lyon
Hours: 9a-7p Monday-Saturday, 11a-6p Sunday
Opening Date: July 11
Price:
$20/peck, $30/half bushel, $45/bushel
Offerings: Apples, UPick Raspberries & Pumpkins, Donuts, Cider, Caramel Apples, Honey, Pie


Cider Mills & Pre-Picked Apple Orchards

If you just want cider, donuts, and a few apples, cider mills and orchards only offering pre-picked apples are a good choice.


Dexter Cider Mill

Dexter Cider Mill is located just a few blocks from Downtown Dexter on the Huron River. It is the oldest continuously operating cider mill in Michigan. They opened for the 2020 season – their 133rd straight season – on August 23. They offer fresh cider and donuts and also have a winery. The Dexter Cider Mill is a nice place to stop for a donut and cider, but does not offer much in the way of entertainment. We visited eight years ago after school when my now 9th grader was in first grade. She and her friends enjoyed skipping rocks into the river.

Dexter Cider Mill

Address: 1235 Erie Rd
Hours: 8a-5p Wednesdays-Sundays
Offerings: Donuts, Cider, Allergen Free Donuts, Apples, Caramel Apples, Hard Cider, Cider Slushies, Baked Goods,

At a Glance



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Three Cedars Farm

Three Cedars Farm in Northville offers a cider mill, hay rides, train rides, corn maze and a u-pick pumpkins. Don’t miss their storybook farm featuring Three Little Pigs, Little Red Hen, Peter Rabbit, and more. They opened for the 2020 season on Labor Day Weekend.

I have never visited Three Cedars Farm, but it has been recommended by readers and I know a number of people that return each year. FYI, payment is by cash or check only.

For 2020 they have a new weekend express drive thru. On Saturdays and Sundays you can drive through and get cider by the gallon or half gallon and donuts by the dozen or half-dozen

At a Glance

Address: 7897 Six Mile Rd, Northville
Hours: 10a-10p Friday-Saturday, 10a-8p Sunday-Thursday
Offerings: Cider, Donuts, Cider Slushies, Caramel Apples, farm market products



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Alber Orchard & Cider Mill

Located in Manchester, Alber Orchard & Cider Mill grows several heirloom apple varieties. Because of their heirloom trees, they do not offer u-pick.

In addition to the cider mill and apples available for purchase, they have a corn maze, tractor rides, hay bale maze, and more. There is also live music on select weekends.

Note: For the 2020 season activities are limited. There is no corn maze and there is no mention of tractor rides or hay bale maze on their website.

At a Glance

Address: 13011 Bethel Church Rd, Manchester
Hours: noon-6p Tuesday-Friday, 9a-6p Saturday, 10a-6p Sunday
Offerings: Heirloom apples, donuts, cider



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Parmenter’s Cider Mill

Parmenter’s Cider Mill is in Northville. For the 2020 season they are only offering drive-thru service. Please wear masks while placing order and picking up and remain in your car.

The drive-thru menu includes donuts by the dozen or half dozen, cider by th

Parmenters typically has play equipment in the yard, ducks to feed, and crafters. This year, they will not have the crafters and will feed the ducks themselves.

At a Glance

Address: 714 Baseline Rd, Northville
Hours: 9a-7p Monday-Saturday, 11a-6p Sunday
Opening Date: July 11
Price:
$2.99/lb
Other Products: Donuts, Cider, Donut Chips, Preserves & Butters, caramel apples, pie, honey, apples, fudge, maple syrup



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Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill

Plymouth Orchards is not opening in 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions

When my daughter was a baby we visited Plymouth Orchards for pumpkins. Two years later we went back to pick apples and discovered that they do not offer u-pick apples. That was quite a disappointing trip that necessitated a trip home to find another orchard that was before we had a smartphone)

A word of warning, Plymouth Orchards does not offer u-pick apples. They offer apples for sale at the Cider Mill and “pumpkin picking” via hay ride to a field with pumpkins – not an actual pumpkin patch. Enjoy your cider and donuts in their barn while listening to music. I love that they have a barn and you can avoid the yellow jackets that seem to swarm as soon as we start eating donuts and drinking cider outside.

At a Glance

Address: 10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth
Hours: Closed for 2020
Offerings: Apples, Pumpkins, Donuts, Caramel Apples & More


More Farms & Fall Fun

Apples are not the only u-pick farm in the Ann Arbor area. In fall you can often pick raspberries and pumpkins as well(often at the same farm). Check out our list of U-Pick Farms near Ann Arbor for more options.

Ann Arbor UPick Farms

Other Fall Fun can be found in our Fall Guide including Corn Mazes and Halloween events.

Ann Arbor Fall Guide
https://annarborwithkids.com/articles/ann-arbor-fall-guide/

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