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    9 Macomb County cider mills, apple orchards that are worth the drive

    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

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