Bayne's Apple Valley Farm | @rachelwazhere
Leaman's Green Applebarn | @epiceatswithem
Twist a Taste of
Perfection, Right
From the Tree

Pick a peck of Michigan apples and taste treats from cider donuts to cider slushies at these inviting local orchards.

Leaman's Green Applebarn | @leamansgreenapplebarn

Leaman's Green Applebarn (Freeland) Voted "Mid-Michigan's Best Apple Orchard" by locals for multiple years, experience this family-owned farm that's been around for over a century! Enjoy pre-picked or u-pick apples, fresh-pressed cider, and fun on the farm — even a Goat Yoga session! Meet the farm animals, take a hayride, and hop aboard the Apple Barrel Express — then treat the kids to a cider sundae (cider slush, ice cream, whipped cream, and caramel, crowned with a donut and a caramel-coated rim)!

Bayne's Apple Valley Farm (Freeland) Family-owned fruit farm and cider mill, touting "love, peace, and apples". Stop into this small-town orchard to browse dozens of bakery items and goods by Michigan artisans. Devour cider donuts locals rave about or a gourmet caramel apple — and let the kids sip cider slushies while you sample what's on tap at Bayne's Hard Cider House. There's even a patio with igloos, so you can cozy up outside on a perfect fall day!

Bayne's Apple Valley Farm | @lizziebaylerian

Apple Blossom Orchard (Midland) Hometown orchard with 23 varieties of apples, fresh-daily cinnamon apple donuts, cider, and tasty caramel apples. Be there for annual Apple Butter Day in October, where you can hayride through the orchard and help stir the bubbling cauldron as a batch of their delicious apple butter gets made!

Witzgall Apple Orchard (Bay City) Small, family-owned farm offering 40 apple varieties. Enjoy gourmet caramel apples, apple cider and cider slush, homegrown honey, and apple cinnamon donuts whipped up daily.

Moore Orchards (Midland) 2,500 apple trees of more than 100 varieties! Head to the Apple Haus to purchase, and treat the whole family to donuts and caramel apples.

Jacques Orchard (Hemlock) 2,000-tree orchard with over 20 varieties. Find their apples, cider, jams, and jellies at the Midland Area Farmers Market and Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market, or swing by the orchard to pick up your favorites.

Apple Valley Orchard
(Saginaw) Freshly picked apples to gourmet caramel apples, warm cider to cider donuts — dive into everything delicious that's here!

Johnson's Giant Pumpkins
Leaman's Green Applebarn | @shineonsunfish
Grab This
Colorful Season
by the Stem

From places where the pumpkins are so big, you'll barely get them off the wagon to ones that offer hayrides and animal petting zoos — you'll love paying a visit to these pumpkin patches.

Johnson's Giant Pumpkins | @lovethewolfgangs

Johnson's Giant Pumpkins (Saginaw) 25-acre farm with u-pick pumpkins — from baby gourds to gigantic pumpkins you'll barely squeeze in the backseat! Enjoy the on-site petting farm with llamas, emu, goats, and alpaca — and everything from a corn maze to a soybean maze, horse rides, and a kiddie barrel train.

Grandma's Pumpkin Patch (Midland) 20 acres of pumpkin farm joy, plus pony rides, barrel train rides, a Kidland Play Yard, and a three-acre corn maze that turns into a flashlight maze after dark. Pick from the patch, then head inside for cinnamon sugar donuts and apple cider slushies!

Tomac Pumpkins (Chesaning) Countryside, fourth-generation family farm specializing in over 200 varieties of squash and pumpkins. From fall decor to delicious, fresh produce — even soaps, syrups, and jams — enjoy this tucked-away spot.

Grandpa Tiny's Farm | @squaredk14
Grandpa Tiny's Farm | @k_bier_h
Family Memories
Made Sweeter by
the Simple Things

Tour a working historical farm to pet and feed the animals or make your way through a challenging corn maze — but enjoy each sweet, simple moment spent on these family farms.

Grandpa Tiny's Farm | @x_stina

Grandpa Tiny's Farm (Frankenmuth) Tour this Centennial Farm in Frankenmuth for hands-on family fun from start to finish. Take a Petting Zoo Tour to meet the animals, or pick your own pumpkins in September and October.

Amazing Maize! Corn Maze (Frankenmuth) On-site corn maze of Grandpa Tiny's Farm, open September - October. Wind your way through the stalks after you pick your own pumpkins and take a petting zoo tour!

Weiss Centennial Farm (Frankenmuth) Family-owned dairy operation where you'll learn about life on the farm. From feeding baby calves to harvesting crops, spreading straw to stocking hay — experience the ins-and-outs, and even see a cow-milking robot in action.

Frankenmuth Corn Maze (Frankenmuth) Five-acre maze with 2.5 miles of winding trails, three observation bridges, and more than 20 interactive game stations. Enjoy yard games, a petting zoo, and weekend hayrides on the grounds of Weiss Centennial Farm.

Author
Blair Cook

A Great Lakes Bay native, Blair is the Founder at Brandscape — a boutique creative company specializing in content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories about the Pure Michigan places she loves!