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One of the most wonderful times of year in Michigan is apple season. It’s a tradition (or should be) for every Michigan resident to visit an apple orchard to pick their own apples right off the tree, buy some freshly made donuts, that you can wash down with delicious apple cider. Since it’s been a warm summer, the apple u-pick season is beginning early this year. Some farms already have apples for you to pick. A lot of places will be opening up within the next 2 weeks.

Here is a list of what is going on at u-pick apple orchards across the metro Detroit/Ann Arbor area. Counties include Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne.

Macomb County
1. Blake Farms in Armada, MI are currently offering these apples for u-pick: Early MacIntosh, Paula Reds, Ginger Golds, and Early Jonathon. For more information visit their website or call them at 586-784-5343

2. Hys Cider Mill in Romeo, MI will have u-pick apples available starting in September. They are open weekends 11am-6pm until November. For more information call (810) 798-3611

3. Miller’s Big Red Apple Orchard in Romeo, MI (Washington Township) will have u-pick this year. For more information visit their website or call (586)752-7888

4. Stony Creek Orchard in Romeo, MI (Bruce Township) will have u-pick this year. For more information visit their website or call 586-752-2453

5. Westview Orchards in Washington Township, MI currently has Ginger Gold apples available for u-pick. For more information visit their website or call 866-WVO-4-FUN

Monroe County
1. Bennett’s Orchard in Ottawa Lake, MI will have u-pick apples available this season. They have different varieties ripening each week. For more information visit their website or call 734-854-2523

2. Erie Orchards in Erie, MI will have these varieties available this season: Paulareds, McIntosh, olden and Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Granny Smith, Ida Reds, Winesap and Jonathans.) For more information http://www.erieorchards.com or call 734-848-4518

Oakland County
Long Family Orchard & Cider Mill in Commerce Township, MI will have u-pick apples around the middle of September. For more information visit their website or call 248-360-3774

Washtenaw County
1. Wasem Fruit Farm in Milan, MI will have the following apples for u-pick this season:
Sept 9th: Gala, McIntosh, Prime Gold
Sept 17th : Cortland, Empire, Jonathan
Sept 24th: Red Delicious, Golden Delicious
Oct 1st: Rome Beauty, Ida Red
Oct 15th: Granny Smith
They have a ½ bushel minimum. For more information visit their website or call 734-482-2342

2. Lutz Orchard in Saline, MI (Directions: 4 miles SW of Saline. Take Monroe St. S from US-12 in Saline. Monroe becomes Macon Road at city limits, 11030 Macon Road, corner of Braun Rd) will have u-pick apples in October. For more information, including their hours call them at 734-429-5145

3. Wiard’s Orchards in Ypsilanti, MI will have these apples available for u-pick this year: McIntosh, Jonathan, Empire, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Ida-Reds, Fuji, Honey Crisp, Cameo and Ruby Jon. For more information visit their website or call them at 734-390-9211

Wayne County
Apple Charlie’s in New Boston, MI will have these apples available for u-pick this year (dates are approximate start dates)
August 28th-29th: Galas, McIntosh, Joanthan
Sept 11th: Empire, Red Delicious, Yellow Delicious
Oct 1st: Winesap, Monroe, Jonagold, Fuji
For more information visit their website or call (734)753-9380

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