Local Cider Mills Open Despite Poor Apple Crop

Poor Apple Crop Despite the poor apple crop here in Michigan, local cider mills open for the fall season. The early heat wave followed by a frost resulted in the apple crop being down by 90 percent. The Michigan Apple Committee states it’s “the largest apple crop loss since the 1940s.” Yates Cider Mill Yates Cider Mill, a well known landmark, opened mid-August and plans to “have cider all season,” according to Katie Titus, owner. Yates is “Buying as many Michigan apples as they can” and … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s all the hype about Cider Mills?

Dear Crabby, I just moved to the area from down south, and I see all these signs and advertisements for cider mills.  What is all the hype for?  What do these mills have to offer? Sincerely, Sal Sourly Dear Mr. Sourly, As a lifelong Michigander, and as a Rochester Hills resident who has three cider mills within three miles of my house, I have to say that I am a big fan of them!  I'm not sure how the whole thing got started; I assume some farmer had a big crop of apples and was … [Read more...]

It’s Apple Cider Time! Cider Mills are Opening in the Rochester Area

Everything is still green and it seems summer just started. However, the kids go back to school soon and the cider mills are opening this weekend. We’ve waited all year to taste that wonderful nectar from our Michigan apple growers – finally, it is apple cider time.  Our state is blessed with over a hundred cider mills and the Rochester area has three that still press their apples the old-fashioned way, on site for you to watch and enjoy. On the north edge of the village of Goodison, is … [Read more...]