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Pick a peck of homegrown Michigan apples and taste treats from cider donuts to cider slushies at these inviting local apple orchards.
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 130-plus! Enjoy pre-picked or u-pick apples, fresh-pressed cider, and pure fun on the farm — even Goat Yoga! 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 on cider slushies while you sample what's on tap at Bayne's Hard Cider House. There's even a cozy back patio complete with igloos, so you can enjoy your treats outside on a perfect fall day!
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 apple cider slush, homegrown honey, and apple cinnamon donuts whipped up daily.
Moore Orchards (Midland) 2,500 apple trees of more than 100 varieties, spread across 22 acres. 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.
Apple Valley Orchard (Saginaw) Freshly picked apples to gourmet caramel apples, warm cider to cider donuts — dive into everything delicious here!
From places where the pumpkins are so big, you'll barely get them off the wagon to ones that offer plenty of extras like hayrides and farm animal petting zoos — you'll love paying a visit to these pumpkin patches.
Johnson's Giant Pumpkins (Saginaw) 25-acre pumpkin farm with u-pick pumpkins that range from small 50-cent gourds to gigantic $20 pumpkins you'll barely squeeze in the backseat! Enjoy the on-site petting farm — with llamas and emu, goats and alpaca — and everything from a corn maze to a soybean maze, horse rides to 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 swing 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.
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 (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.
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!