No Bad Apples at the Erie Orchard & Cider Mill, Erie MI
Erie Apple Orchards in Erie Michigan has been making apple cider for 41 years, but the only time you can buy this seasonal staple from them, is now.
Eire Orchards and Cider Mill begins harvesting blueberries and peaches in the spring, but they are best known for their apple crop. The orchard as about 30 acres of apples and harvests around 10,000 bushel per year. They use a majority of their apple crop to make cider right on their property.
The sweet cider is made by mixing 2 to 3 kinds of apples with different flavor profiles. The orchard uses an old fashion way of milling with blankets, racks and a press that squeezes out all of the rich, sugary juice. Nothing is added to the cider, including preservatives. It is safely pasteurized by using an ultraviolet machine which preserves the original flavor of the apple cider.
In addition to their cider there are many other things to do on the farm. People can of course pick their own apples, but also enjoy a hay ride, a petting zoo, work out some energy on the playground or through the corn maze and pick out a pumpkin from the patch.
The orchard is open daily with cider only available at their store along with several other items. You can buy caramel apples, salsa, venture through the candy store, buy some baked goods and of course get hot donuts!
On October 21st and 22nd Erie orchards will be having their annual cider making weekend with pony rides, crafters and samples of their cider. Hurry in, because production will be ending on November 15th until next season.