Fall Family Fun at Apple Orchards in MI Great Lakes Bay

What is a better dessert than a cider donut or a gourmet apple in fall? Even if this year's apple crop is down due to weather condition, the apple orchards in MI Great Lakes Bay still secure great quality apples, bakery, cider…and a full day family fun for you! Some of the orchards might still have some u-pick apples now (but not many). If you are interested in picking up your apples, you have to hurry up, and don’t forget to call them before your go. :]

Bayne's Apple Valley Farm

Location: 5395, Midland Rd, Freeland, MI.
Phone: 989-695-9139
Open Hour:  Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
                  Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

You may have heard of the Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm already since this one of the most popular apple orchards in our region has been featured in many articles and publications, as well as the national publication Country Woman.

Bayne's Apple Valley Farm has many different aspects and things to see. You can check out its store, cider mill, or its Cortland Cooler Café. At Bayne's you will find things from our caramel apples to gift items. Don’t forget to try its cider and caramel apples (taste really good)! :]

Check out our visit to Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm!

Leaman’s Green Apple Barn

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Location: 7475, N. River Road, Freeland, MI, 48623
Phone: 989-695-2465
Open Hour: Monday – Saturday,  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                 Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Leaman's Green Apple Barn, located between Midland and Saginaw, is a 6-generation apple orchard that has been around since 1889!  The 123-year-old orchard offers fresh cider, apples, bakery, cider slush, pumpkins, wreaths, and country gifts. In addition, even though the season for picking is over, Leaman’s has frozen blackberries available.

While enjoying your relaxing farm experience, your children will have a lot of fun at Leaman’s children's play area featuring wagon rides, mazes, hayrides, apple barrel express, and more!

For more information, please visit Leaman's Green Apple Barn’s website.

Apple Valley Orchard

         source: Apple Valley Orchard Facebook Page

Location: 6480, Davis Rd. Saginaw, MI 48604
Phone: 989-776-6820
Open Hour: Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                 Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                 Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                 Close on Monday
Starting as a hobby, the owner of the Apple Valley Orchard planted his first apple trees 15 years ago, and now the orchard has over 300 trees and more than 30 varieties of apples! Lots of people are drawn to the freshness and deliciousness of its apple products. In addition to selling apples, the Apple Valley Orchard also sells honey, caramel apples, and cider.

If you would like to pick some apples by yourself in late September, you might still have a chance to make your dream come true. There are still some u-pick apples at the Apple Valley Orchard, but you have to hurry up. Please call the orchard to ask whether it still has u-pick apples before you go.

For more information, please visit the Apple Valley Orchard’s website.

Witzgall Apple Orchard

Location: 5179, Two Mile Road, Bay City, MI, 48706
Phone: 989-684-4993
Open Hour: Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                 Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                 Close on Monday

Offering 40 different types of apples, the Witzgall Apple Orchard in Bay City offers fresh apples, caramel apples, gourmet apples, apple cider slush, homegrown honey, and apple cinnamon doughnuts.

The Witzgall Apple Orchard is also famous for its flower gardens, which have been featured in Birds & Blooms Extra and Country Women Magazine and won national as well as local recognition! (Note: the flower gardens open between June and August, by appointment only).

For more information, please visit its website.

For more orchards and farm in MI Great Lakes Bay, check out on our website!

Upcoming Apple Cider Event in MI Great Lakes Bay

Cider Sunday at the Homestead at Chippewa Nature Center!
Date: September 30, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Chippewa Nature Center (400, S. Badour Rd., Midland, MI 48640)

Come to the Chippewa Nature Center this Sunday to learn how to make apple cider in a traditional way among heirloom apple trees at the Homestead Farm.
You can help crush and press apples by hand while making pure apple cider. You'll learn how to make small batches of cider at home and pick up some tasty recipes. The admission is free, and the event is for all ages.

Have you been to any apple orchard in MI Great Lakes Bay? Feel free to comment on our blog and facebook, tweet us, or hashtag your instagram photo with #MIGreatLakesBay (so we could find your photos and share them to our fans). We’d love to hear your experience!

Go Great Lakes Bay! :]

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