Erwin Orchards & Cider Mill will close after 102 years; Blake takes over

SOUTH LYON, Mich. – An orchard and cider house in Metro Detroit is closing after 102 years.

Erwin Orchards Inc. announced on Tuesday that it had harvested its last crop. Blake will take over.

The Erwin and Emery families are retiring and Linda Erwin wrote on the orchard’s Facebook page of their gratitude for the business. Bill and Linda Erwin were the fourth generation to run the orchard. The couple have worked on the farm for over 54 years. According to the orchard’s website, the first tree was planted in 1920. Since then, the orchard has grown to 200 acres of fruit.

“We are proud of what we have built, but know that none of this would have been possible without our beloved and dedicated work family, many of whom have been with us for many years and all of you, our loyal customers” , writes Erwin. in a Facebook post. “You have supported us year after year through good harvests and less good harvests and even a total loss of our apple harvest due to freezing temperatures in 2012!”

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The family urges those with memories or who would like to say goodbye to email them at [email protected]

The family also writes on Facebook that part of their land will still be used for farming but will be under new ownership.

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