Whether you’re in search of cider and doughnuts or an apple-picking experience with the family, there are plenty of options in Macomb County. Here’s a quick look at the cider mills and apple orchards you may want to check out.
Keep in mind some orchards may not be open yet. Not all orchards have U-pick. Be sure to phone ahead or check web sites for current hours and apple availability.
1. Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill
Where: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 23; U-pick orchard closes at 5 p.m. daily. In Oct., the orchard is open until 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and until 7 on Sun.
Also nearby: Blake’s Almont Orchard, 5600 Van Dyke (at 38 1/2 Mile) in Almont, 810-798-3251, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; U-pick closes at 5 p.m.
For info: 586-784-5343 or http://blakefarms.com
2. Blake’s Big Apple
Where: 71485 North Ave., Armada
When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Nov. 26; U-pick orchard closes at 5 p.m. daily. In Oct., the orchard is open until 11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and until 10 p.m. Sun.
For info: 586-784-9710 or http://blakefarms.com
3. Brookwood Fruit Farm
Where: 7840 Bordman Road, Romeo
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through March.
For info: 810-798-8312 or www.brookwoodfruitfarm.com
4. Hy’s Cider Mill
Where: 6350 Thirty-seven Mile, Romeo
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Nov. 5. Also offers U-pick apples each weekend.
For info: 810-798-3611 or www.hyscidermill.com
5. Middleton Farms Cider Mill
Where: 46462 Dequindre Road, Utica
When: 9-6 p.m. daily until Nov. 26.
For info: 586-731-6699
6. Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard
Where: 4900 W. Thirty-two Mile, Washington Twp.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
For info: 586-752-7888 or http://millersbigred.com
7. Stony Creek Orchard & Cider Mill
Where: 2961 W. Thirty-two Mile, Romeo (Bruce Twp.)
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. beginning Sept. 9.
For info: 586-752-2453 or www.stonycreekorchard.com
8. Verellen Orchards
Where: 63260 Van Dyke, Romeo
When: Open all year: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
For info: 586-752-2989 or www.verellenorchards.com
9. Westview Orchards & Winery
Where: 65075 Van Dyke at 30 Mile, Washington Twp.
When: Farm market open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. Cider Mill, U-pick apples 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Wine tasting room hours are 5-9 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1-10 p.m. Sat., 1-6 p.m. Sun.
For info: 586-752-3123 or www.westvieworchards.com