Cider houses, orchards and cellars | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI

For many, fall means it’s a great time to bring out the spice in the pumpkin. For others, fall is the perfect time to visit the region’s cider houses and orchards to sample Michigan’s finest and most delicious delicacies.

Treats can include apple cider made from locally grown apples, apple wine, hot donuts, pumpkins ranging from small to large in many colors, hay walks, and spending the day with family or friends. outside.

Locally, the Mueller orchard and cider opened on September 8. They are open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located at 6036 Lobdell Road in the Township of Fenton.

Mueller’s cider is made with hand-picked, seasonal apples. They do not pasteurize and do not add preservatives. Their donuts include their best selling Apple Cinnamon with sugar. In October, they’ll make the pumpkin frosting.

Charles Mueller, owner, said their harvest is short for some varieties, but September apples

Rich – Apple with red stripes with white, firm flesh. Excellent for cooking, eating well.

Gala – Firm, soft, crunchy. Excellent apple to eat.

Macintosh – Old favorite. Eat and cook well.

Greening – Old variety, hard green apple very good for cooking, good consumption.

Jonathan – Old variety, firm, tangy, crunchy, good to eat, great food.

Honeycrisp – New variety. Excellent apple to eat. Very crispy and juicy. Good sugar-acid balance.

Empire – Cross between Red Delicious Macintosh. A tough red apple, good for eating and cooking.

Golden Delicious – Old variety, great apple to eat and cook

Neige – Old variety, small bright red apple with snow-white flesh. Every old farm had a snow tree.

Red Delicious – Old Eve. At one time, the most popular eating apple.

Ida Red – Very good apple to eat and cook. Red on a green background.

Winesap – Old variety, very hard red apple, excellent cooking and tasting, hard and juicy.

Granny Smith – Hard green apple. eat well and cook. Makes a great sauce.

Northern Spy – Your grandma’s favorite apple pie. Excellent apple for late consumption.

At Mueller’s Orchard, they also grow their own special Early Gala, which has exceptional flavor. They grow a limited number of Blondee, Steele’s Red, and Tolman Sweet.

Just south of Fenton is Spicer Orchards Farm Market and Winery at 10411 Clyde Rd., Fenton (Hartland Township). Their farm market opening hours are 9 am to 7 pm daily; cellar opening hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and grill hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

They offer U-pick apples from Golden Delicious, Gala and McIntosh, as well as raspberries.

Fall weekend activities may include small carnival rides, train rides, hay rides, kettle corn, barbecue, corn roasting, cotton candy, bubble tea and funnel cakes.

Shannon Rowe, partner of Spicer Orchards, said: “We have our fall festival weekends with the pumpkin patch, carnival rides, train rides, scenic hay rides and apple picking are all open.

“We have a good harvest of apples and pumpkins and we hope to have a good picking season. “

Their fall apples include Gala, MacIntosh, Honey Crisp, Red Cort, Cortland, Jonathon, Red Delicious, Empire, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Northern Spy, Ida Red, Jonagold, and Fuji. For details on harvest dates, call (810) 632-7692.

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill in Holly is open offering a variety of fall goodies. They have hot donuts, hot and cold apple cider, corn maze, hay rides and more. On September 23 and 24, they will be celebrating their 36th annual Ciderfest. They will have craft vendors in late September and early October.

Diehl’s is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October 31. For more details, visit

Other Michigan orchards you might want to visit, according to Pure Michigan, include Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery in Grand Rapids. Blake Farms in Armada has been voted Michigan’s Number One Apple Orchard by the AAA.

The Uncle John’s Cider Mill in Saint Johns is well known for its Cider Mill, which serves fresh cider and donuts. Yates Cider Mill in Rochester has been around for over a century and has been featured on the Food Network for its apple cider.

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