Top 12 Michigan Apple Orchards + U-Pick (and Warm Sugary Donuts) Worth Visiting This Fall 

12 Best Michigan Apple Orchards + U-Pick (and Warm Donuts) WORTH VISITING This Fall | By Sherry Trautman |

Every year, I just LOVE picking my own apples for apple sauce and pies. Isn't there something undeniably exciting about apple orchards, cider mills and freshly made warm sugary donuts?? 

I mean it feels almost like Christmas wandering down the beautiful rows of red juicy apples, picking the very best ones.

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What is paradise, but, a garden, an orchard of trees and herbs, full of pleasure and nothing there but delights."

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Gull Meadow Farms

Address: Gull Meadow Farms, 8544 Gull Rd., Richland, MI 49083

Gull Meadow Farms is a great spot to for picking your own apples or buying bags of delicious varieties in their shop.

You can also pick your fall pumpkins, enjoy fresh delicious donuts and grab some fresh apple cider by the glass, half gallon or whole gallon.  There's a very cute shop with items to decorate your home. 

We used to live about 5 miles from this farm so we would visit several times throughout the fall season to buy mums and explore the corn maze.  There is a train for kids and a tractor drawn hay wagon for the whole family.  Great place!! It's a very fun September and October Michigan event! We love it!

  • Be sure to stop into Gull Meadow Farms in August for their Sunflower Festival!!!  

Their multi-colored sunflowers are planted in mid-May and bloom for about two full weeks in August. 

Tickets are around $13 per person, though children under 36 inches tall are admitted free. Each ticket gets visitors a wagon ride out to the sunflower field and one sunflower to take home.

Uncle Johns Cider Mill

Address: 8614 US-127, St Johns, Michigan

Apple harvest starts in late August at Uncle Johns Cider Mill. Their first varieties include Paula Red and Ginger Gold.  Unfortunately they do not offer pick your own apples.

Visit Uncle Johns Cider Mill  for gifts, food items, snacks, wine and hard cider.  They make super yummy fresh donuts and fresh cider, so don't miss out!  Plus, the barn is gorgeous!

Bayne's Apple Valley

Location 5395 Midland Road, Freeland, MI 

It's pretty cool that Bayne's Apple Valley has been awarded Mid-Michigan's Best Orchard 3 years in a row!

Bayne's Apple Valley has great homemade baked goods and my Dad, especially, can't resist picking up freshly made donuts and fresh pressed pure apple cider.

Pop into their cute shop, grab some fresh cider, a peck of apples and some Michigan made items! Great place to meet friends during fall Michigan afternoons!

Plan to spend at least an hour at Bayne's as one of our favorite things to do is to grab a sandwich in their cute cafe and then lounge outside to enjoy the view of the woods.  It makes for a very relaxing afternoon.

Leaman's Green Applebarn

Address: 7475 N. River Road, Freeland, Michigan

We enjoy visiting Leaman's as it's an event!  You can search for cute items for your home in their shop, pick out a fantastic pumpkin, enjoy some donuts and sip some cool cider.  Plus, adorable goats are grazing near the parking area! Seriously!  

Apples: Isn't there something just amazing about beautiful red apples on a tree?  Almost swoon-worthy!!  I love watching the green apples being dipped in gooey caramel.  

Leaman's has over 20 different kinds of apples covering just over 10 acres of land. They do not have you pick but you can buy their apples!

So yummy!

Franklin Cider Mill

7450 Franklin Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

If the sound of caramel dipped apples rolled in tiny bits of crunchy nuts makes you salivate (you are normal, by the way!), pack up the car and head to Franklin Cider Mill in Bloomfield Hills where you can pick out fresh warm donuts, crunchy apples and a gallon of sweet fresh pressed cider.

Their hand-picked Michigan apples will be available by the 1/2 peck bags or bushel. Some of their varieties include: Michigan Honey Crisp, Crimson Crisp, Cortland, Empire and Macintosh!  

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

3142 4 Mile Rd NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

This fabulous cider mill has a winery, bakery, apple house, cider mill and tons of activities!  Plus it's you pick!!

Can't get enough of everything cidery? Check out our favorite Michigan Cider Mills!

Everyone needs to hand pick a Michigan pumpkin this fall!! Here are the best places!

Schell Family Farms

Address: 10055 Dexter-Pinckney Rd, Pinckney, MI 

Stop by Schell Family Farms for apples!! They are known for their Honey Crisps!  You Pick will begin in 2021. 

They process syrup completely in-house and they have tons of flavors, including their new apple flavored syrup!!  

Pick your pumpkin out of thousands of pumpkins to choose from and depending on the season, Schell's has cherries and peaches! 

Nye's Apple Barn

Address: 3151 Niles Rd, St Joseph, Michigan

For as long as I can remember, we went to Nye's Apple Barn while growing up in St. Joseph

You can pick your own apples!  They have Golden Delicious, Crispin (Mutsu), Red Delicious, Empire, Northern Spy, Braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, Ida Red, Jonagold, Jonathan, Rome, Winesap.

Apple U-Pick usually starts the last weekend of September thru Columbus Day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Michigan time. These dates may vary because of maturity of crop from season to season.

They also have apple cider, fruit pies, caramel apples, pears, plums, pumpkins and other delicious treats.


Address: 7837 M-139, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

September through October, you can pick apples, fall red raspberries, grapes and pumpkins!

Stover's grows all sorts of apples including Molly Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Red Rome, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonathan, Mutsu and others!

Tips for u-pickers: be sure to call ahead to check availability of produce and the picking conditions.  They provide containers!  Wear hats and work gloves. 

Moelker Orchards and Farm Market

Address: 9265 Kenowa Ave SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan

You Pick Apples!! WHOOT!

Oooh, and you can pick out delicious donuts, fudge, cookies, muffins, & caramel apples made fresh! The bakery operates during cherry season and then again from August until December.

There's also lots of family activities! Hop aboard one of their horse-drawn wagon rides around the orchard, explore the u-pick pumpkin patch, and check out the apple orchards.

Spicer's Orchard

Address: 10411 Clyde Rd, Fenton, MI

You pick apples: Honeycrisp, ​Golden Supreme, McIntosh and Gala 

Play on the playground and see the cute farm animals!!

Spicer's Orchard also has:

  • Bakery
  • Donuts, Cider, Pies, Fudge
  • Ashby's Ice Cream

If you visit in early August, grab a few photos in front of their gorgeous sunflower fields!

King Orchards

There are two locations:

  • 986 US 31 S, Kewadin, MI 49648 (No u-pick available at this market.)
  • 4620 N M-88, Central Lake, MI 49622
  • Available for u-pick: Raspberries (September) and apples, including Honeycrisp, at the M-88 Market. 

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