Apple orchard and cider mill season is in effect! Visiting your local cider mill or orchard is a fun way to spend a day with the kids, and also makes a great date idea if you have a sitter!
My family had the chance to spend an afternoon at the Parshallville Cider Mill in Fenton recently, and if you’re in the area it’s worth a visit! The mill, nestled in a lovely neighborhood, serves fresh donuts, cider, and caramel apple “chips”, has apples available for sale, as well as other local goods like honey, jams, pies, and maple syrup. The mill is a Michigan Historic Site, and though it’s known as the Parshallville Cider Mill, it’s official name is Tom Walker’s Grist Mill and it’s one of just a few water-powered mills that remain in the state.
There are many benches and picnic tables where you can sit to enjoy your treats and a lovely trail along the North Ore Creek. Behind the mill building is a beehive where you can see the bees hard at work, which my kids both loved! There are outdoor port-a-potties available if needed.
You can check out the Parshalville Cider Mill Facebook page for news and updates. The mill is open 7 days a week, from the Saturday before Labor Day through Mid November, weather permitting from 9AM-6PM in September & October and 10AM-5PM in November.