We've been to that kind in previous years and don't plan on going back. Way too crowded, way over-priced, and wa-a-ay over-commercialized.
We just wanted to pick apples, drink cider, and eat doughnuts.
It took some searching but we found one right smack dab in the middle of "cider mill country" - Romeo, Michigan. Within just a few miles of Romeo Village are at least five cider mills, and all but one are of the suburbanite's dream, varying from extreme commercialization (did I mention the haunted barn?) down (or up) to the good old-fashioned mill.
We chose Stony Creek Orchard - the most basic of them all.
|It was like we were meant to pick these apples...|
On the other hand, there were many more who, like me, have thanked them for having nothing else but apple (and raspberry) picking, cider drinking, and doughnut eating.
Okay, they have a small hay climbing area for the kids. And it doesn't cost anything for them to do so.
And a tractor ride out to the apple orchards.
I can handle that.
And so can my kids. The fun, besides picking apples off the trees, was eating warm fresh doughnuts and drinking freshly pressed cider.
The fun was our family outing, from grandma to grandkids.
|The fun is the apple picking|
|Oh yeah - - -|
|The perfect apple - - -|
|The fun is in the raspberry picking.|
|The raspberries taste as good as they look!|
|These apples will be baked in a pie very soon!|
|And so will these...and apple sauce!|
Stony Creek Orchards caters to folks like us who do not want the over-priced highly commercialized pay-an-extra-nickel-for-a-cup-for-your-cider cider mills.
It was a very enjoyable way to spend an autumn day.
~ By the way, my hat is off to Yates Cider Mill in Rochester, Michigan. They may not have apple picking, but it is another low-frills mill to go to. Their big plus is a country pathway for visitors to walk alongside the Clinton River. Very beautiful this time of year. ~