Cider Mills opening in Metro Detroit

Matthew Donnellon
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As Summer starts to transition to Fall, there are a few things that mark the occasion. Kids are getting ready for school. Football is getting underway.

But the biggest clue that Autumn is just around the corner in Metro Detroit is the return of cider mills.

Cider Mills are a Michigan autumnal tradition. Just about every kid in the Mitten State has fond memories of heading over to their local Mill and getting cider and donuts.

There’s really nothing quite like it.

You head into a building and come out with a slightly greasy paper bag, and an amber gallon of cold cider and the day couldn’t get any better.

The donuts are fresh, sweet, slightly crunchy, with hints of your typical seasonal spices. The cider is tart and goes down quickly.

Most Cider Mills are in pretty little spots and offer a nice outdoor atmosphere, so it's a great place to explore as well as being a fun spot for young families to spend the day. Also, many cider mills are on orchards or have farms so there is plenty to occupy young ones.

Metro Detroit boasts a number of options to quench your thirst and fill your belly.

Here is a list of Cider Mills and their opening dates:

Currently open:

Spicer Orchards- Open (masks required for indoor areas.)

Blake’s Cider Mill Orchard- Open

Westview Orchards and Adventure Farm- Open

Yates Cider Mill- Open

Parmenter’s Cider Mill - Open for drive-thru only

Opening in August:

Diehl’s Cider Mill- August 14

Erwin Orchards Cider Mill- August 20

Franklin Cider Mill- August 28

Miller’s Big Red Orchard & Cider Mill- August 29

Goodison Cider Mill- August 29

Rochester Cider Mill- August 28

Ashton Orchards Cider Mill- August 18

Opening in September:

Plymouth Orchards Cider Mill- September 4

Hy’s Cider Mill and Orchard- September 12

Stony Creek Cider Mill- September 12

Paint Creek Cider Mill- Restaurant is open now. Cider only after Sept 1

Three Cedars Farm- September 4

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Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories

Detroit, MI

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