The Franklin Cider Mill, located near Franklin, Michigan opened in 1837 as a gristmill owned by Col. Peter Van Every.The Mills is located at 7450 Franklin Rd, in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Their cider season opens Labor day weekend and usually remains open until the first weekend after Thanksgiving.
The Franklin Cider Mill is a one-of-a-kind living piece of history.
They press and bottle their cider on site! Each side of the press can hold up to sixty bushels of apples.
The donuts sold at Franklin Cider Mill are made by an old German recipe brought to this country many years ago. And the cider is NOT filtered, NOT pasteurized, and does NOT contain any form of preservative. It is a pure fruit juice and MUST be kept refrigerated (if you don't drink it all right away)
There is a nice little stream where you can enjoy your fresh treats. You may also choose to feed the ducks (although they didn't seem very interested the day we attended... I think they get a ton of food).
We attended on a Saturday and they had a ton of vendors lined up all over the property. Children could get their face painted, there was live music, and plenty of opportunities to spend money.
If you head out to Franklin Cider Mill, be sure to bring cash, as plastic is not accepted.... although they do have an ATM should you forget (with a nice little fee attached).
Overall, we had a nice time. The donuts and cider were a perfect way to enjoy our fall afternoon.