A woman-owned, family business since 1977, Mary Emmett established the orchard and developed it into a veritable touchstone for her community. While her vision for wholesome family entertainment and organic agriculture forms the foundation of Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill, she is the first to admit it’s the dedicated, returning staff who make every visit a memorable experience. From cider pressing to donut-making, wagon rides to live entertainment, there is no better place to experience the best of a traditional autumn in Michigan.
The Emmett Family purchased the first 60 acres to what is now Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill along Warren and Ann Arbor roads in a rural, scenic area of Plymouth, Michigan. An initial 5,000 apple trees were planted to establish the orchard and nine varieties of apples took root.
What was originally a milk house on the farm was converted into a cider mill. That same year, Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill began its inaugural operations. Over three weekends we sold the first 100 gallons of hand pressed cider for our initial season.
What began in the mid 90’s as a simple white shed with a gravel floor was renovated into The Red Shed Market, a cozy shop heated by a wood stove and adorned with a wrap-around porch and picnic tables where visitors can enjoy fresh pressed cider and hot donuts or stop in to buy one of our famous pies.
Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill earns the award for Michigan’s Best Apple Cider at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market and Greenhouse Growers Expo in Grand Rapids. The organization had previously awarded us with a Best Cider Mill Donuts and second place for Michigan’s Best Apple Cider.
Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill began its transition to become the fully organic, working farm it is today in 2013. It took three years to make the transition, ensuring a healthy future. Organic blackberries, peaches, raspberries and strawberries, as well as asparagus and small grains like rye and malt are all grown organically today.
We added solar electric panels to the property at Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill. By obtaining a grant from Michigan State University the solar electric panels were installed near our cold storage and cider mill facilities. They will create up to 70 percent of the electricity we need to operate, year-round.
Going Organic: Why Going Organic is Important
In 2013, Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill began what would be a three-year transition to becoming a certified organic, working farm. The Emmett family founded Plymouth Orchards and family members still reside on the property. In addition, we welcome thousands of families and visitors to the organic orchard and farm each fall season. Ensuring a safe, healthy future for all those around us is truly important to us. Today we grow certified organic apples, blackberries, raspberries, and asparagus. We harvest small grains like organic rye, oats and hay. Certified organic vegetables are grown on 8 acres of neighboring land at our sister farm, Gateway Farms. While we sell some of our certified organic produce directly to visitors at our cider mill, you can purchase throughout the year at local markets like Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor and Pure Pastures in Plymouth.
Our commitment to protecting the environment doesn’t stop at the ground level. We are passionate about soil and plant health. We also keep bees on the property. Most recently we added solar electric panels. Made possible by a small grant from Michigan State University, those solar electric panels will create up to 70 percent of the electricity we need to operate the Cider Mill Building. We are committed to sustainable practices and maintaining healthy standards for future generations.