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The Best Apple Orchards & Cider Mills near Ann Arbor

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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.


Coleman’s Corn Maze

Coleman’s Corn Maze offers limited u-pick apples.

They are one of the first orchards to open for the season. They are offering u-pick apples starting on August 14, 2021.

They are a small orchard, so they may have a short season or limited picking availability for different varieties.

Due to no power we will not have donuts but we will have u-pick apples and sunflowers. Come out and see us on this beautiful Saturday!

Posted by Coleman's Corn Maze on Saturday, August 14, 2021

At a Glance

Address: 12758 Jordan Rd, Saline
Hours: Noon-4p Saturday & Sunday
2021 Season: Opened August 14
Other Offerings:
U-Pick Pumpkins, Sunflowers, Mums, Pets, Donuts, Cider



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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 2021 season. After a warm March, frosts in 2021 killed many of the buds. They will only offer u-pick on Gala and Prime Gold apples. The season started September 16 and will not last long.

They often have u-pick raspberries and the start of apple season and will have u-pick pumpkins starting September 24. 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: Wednesdays 10a-6p, Thursdays-Sundays 9a-6p
Season: Opens Thursday, September 16. Only have Gala and Prime Gold
Other Offerings: Cider, Donuts, Popcorn, Pumpkins, Corn Maze, More



Spicer Orchards

Spicer Orchards in Fenton is a little further from Ann Arbor than some of the other orchards, but they offer multiple u-pick fruits, a corn maze, family activities, and a winery.

They typically offer a lot of other activities on fall weekends – most at an added charge. Activities include small carnival rides, train rides, scenic hay rides, kettle corn, pork bbq, corn roasting, cotton candy, bubble tea, funnel cakes.

Spicer Orchards prefers cash and some external vendors may only accept cash.

We recommend masks when inside the farm market and in crowded outdoor areas.

At a Glance

Address: 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton
Hours: 9a-6p Daily
Season: September & October
Other Offerings: UPick Raspberries, Donuts, Cider, Wine, Other fruits, Weekend Activities



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Kapnick Orchards

Lenawee County’s Kapnick Orchards offers U-Pick Apples. They are open this weekend (September 17) with Empire, Jonathan and Macintosh. Wagon rides also resume on September 18 after not running in 2020.

Their apple festival is scheduled for October 9 & 10th

They also have a u-pick pumpkin patch which will be open later in the season.

At a Glance

Address: 4245 Rogers Hwy, Britton
Hours: 7a-7p Monday-Friday, 7a-8p Saturday, 8a-6p Sunday
Other Offerings: 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.

In addition to apples, they have a sunflower field, a corn maze, feed goats & chickens, jump in hay, and ride bikes or visit the playground.

At a Glance

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



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Erwin Orchards

Erwin Orchards & Cider Mill is open daily.

They lost about half of their crop to freezing weather in the spring. They will not be offering u-pick on Cortland, Honey Crisp, & Northern Spy this year.

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
Season: August 21-October 31
Price:
$25/peck, $35/half bushel, $50/bushel
Other Offerings: Apples, UPick Raspberries & Pumpkins, Donuts, Cider, Caramel Apples, Honey, Pie, Maple Syrup, Corn Maze, Goats, Sunflowers,


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 2021 season – their 135th straight season – on August 27. They offer fresh cider and donuts as well as hard cider and cider slushies on Friday-Sunday. In the past they have offered allergen free donuts.

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 nine years ago after school when my now 10th grader was in first grade. She and her friends enjoyed skipping rocks into the river.

Dexter Cider Mill

At a Glance

Address: 1235 Erie Rd
Hours: 8a-5p Wednesdays-Sundays
Season: Opened August 27
Offerings: Donuts, Cider, Apples, Caramel Apples, Hard Cider, Cider Slushies, Baked Goods,



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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 2021 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 2021 they are continuing the weekend express drive thru that they added in 2020. 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
Season: Opened September 3
Other Offerings: Cider, Donuts, Cider Slushies, Caramel Apples, farm market products, Corn Maze, Barnyard Playland with live animals, Hay rides, Train rides



Alber Orchard & Cider Mill

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

Stop in for fresh heirloom apples, donuts, and fresh pressed cider.

At a Glance

Address: 13011 Bethel Church Rd, Manchester
Hours: noon-6p Tuesday-Friday, 9a-6p Saturday, 10a-6p Sunday
2021 Season: Opened September 3, Cider starting September 18
Offerings: Heirloom apples, donuts, cider



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Parmenter’s Cider Mill

Parmenter’s Cider Mill is in Northville.

COVID precautions: Staff will be wearing masks. They ask the unvaccinated to wear masks. We recommend masks for all.

Parmenters typically has play equipment in the yard, ducks to feed, and crafters. They did not offer either in 2020 due to COVID. Their website and Facebook don’t mention either this year, so don’t expect to find them this year.

At a Glance

Address: 714 Baseline Rd, Northville
Hours: 10a-8p daily
2021 Season: August 28-November 21
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

Plymouth Orchards offers apples for sale at the Cider Mill and “pumpkin picking” via hay ride to a field with pumpkins – not an actual pumpkin patch. When my daughter was a baby we visited 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)

Enjoy your cider and donuts in their barn while listening to music. In non-COVID times, 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.

In addition to the wagon rides and pumpkin patch, Plymouth Orchards has farm animals to visit.

At a Glance

Address: 10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth
Hours: 9a-7p daily
2021 Season: September 4-November 7
Offerings: Apples, Pumpkins, Donuts, Caramel Apples & More



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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 not offering u-pick apples in 2021. They will probably have u-pick apples in the market.

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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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

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