Summer weather is still upon us, but cooler days are right around the corner. Nothing says autumn in Michigan like a visit to the apple orchard: cozy sweaters, crisp leaves, and gorgeous fall colors make their first appearances among the rows of trees. So grab a basket and head out to one of these delightful orchards to kickstart the new season.
1. Robinette's Apple Haus & Winery (3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids)
This sweet family-run operation in Grand Rapids brings together fresh fruit and wine like you’ve never experienced before. Indulge in a homemade baked good, cooked on site each day at the “Apple Haus,” or sample a wide array of wine and cider.
2. Wiard’s Orchard (5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti)
Head to Ypsilanti for a visit to these orchards, where you’ll find 200 acres of fun for the whole family. Enjoy a petting zoo and explore the pumpkin patch each fall, or taste a freshly made donut with a cup of hot apple cider. Wiard’s is more than just an orchard: it’s an exciting autumn experience for the whole family.
3. Almar Orchards (1431 Duffield Rd, Flushing)
This family-owned orchard has been in operation since the 1880s. It sits on 500 acres in the small town of Flushing and is home to a simply delectable hard cider called J.K. Scrumpy’s Farmhouse Organic. Pick a few apples and enjoy a few sips — you’ll be in the mood for autumn before you know it.
4. Crane Orchards (6054 124th Avenue/M-89, Fennville)
These orchards in Fennville offer more than just U-Pick apples. Around Halloween, the farm hosts a haunted corn maze that attracts thrill-seekers from across the state. Be sure to pick up one of their delectable apple pies and visit their cafe, just down the road.
5. Blake Farms (17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada)
Since 1946, Blake Farms in Armada has boasted 42 varieties of apples on its farm and orchards. Perhaps you’ve seen the “Big Apple” that marks one building operated by the orchard, or maybe you’ve made a day out of Blake’s U-Pick experience. Blake Farms prides itself on being one of Michigan’s first “pick-your-own” fruit orchards, and its tradition of excellence remains today.
6. Jollay Orchards (1850 Friday Rd, Coloma)
Jollay offers a variety of fruit options throughout the summer, but fall is when the real fun begins. Check out their Fall Harvest Festival for all sorts of activities, from hayrides to a spooky haunted house. Of course, get ready for some U-Pick apple fun — you won’t be able to resist taking home a few bushels!
7. Spicer Orchards (10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton)
Venture to Fenton for a day at Spicer Orchards, which boasts a whole array of activities and attractions for visitors. Take a scenic wagon ride, join in for its September Wine and Harvest Festival, and don’t leave the orchard without satisfying your sweet tooth with a slice of homemade fudge.
8. Friske Orchards Farm Market (10743 US-31, Ellsworth)
This beloved farm market and orchard in Ellsworth has been in business in 1962, and it's no secret why. Peruse an extensive variety of fresh Michigan-made products, enjoy a slice of handcrafted pizza, or simply watch the kids play in Friske’s Orchard Playland. There’s something for everyone here.
Are you ready for fall? It’s always tough to say goodbye to sweet summer, but with a trip to one of these magnificent Michigan apple orchards, you’ll find it nearly impossible to deny the charm and joy of autumn.