~Updated September 23, 2018~
|Our Mill of choice - no frills...just tradition.
But I am glad they are there for those who like 'em.
We would rather go 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 hayride out to the apple orchards.
And so can my kids. The fun, besides picking apples off the trees, is eating warm fresh doughnuts and drinking freshly pressed cider.
The fun is our family outing, from grandma (when she was still alive) 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!
|This is an older picture and it includes my mother, who passed away in 2017.
It was she who taught me how to begin family traditions.
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, which is very beautiful this time of year. ~
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