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Blake's Cider Mill and Orchard: A Visitor's Guide

Updated on November 28, 2012
Blake Farms U-Cut Christmas Trees
Blake Farms U-Cut Christmas Trees | Source

Five Star Rating for Blake's Farms

5 stars for Blake's Farms

Blake Farms

Blake Farms is a family owned and operated business that began in 1946. Over the years it has transformed into an amazing fall and winter stop for many in Macomb County, Michigan. In fact it is so popular that on a nice fall day, you will be among hundreds of people that are also there to enjoy the fall festivities.

Fall Fun at Blakes Cider Mill and Orchard

The cider mill in Armada is the largest of the farms owned by Blakes. Although there are a couple of other places to visit, this location will provide your family with the most activities to choose from and experience. There is an apple press that you can watch apples being squeezed for their juice to be processed into apple cider.

The fall fun center is a great attraction for families. For $10 a person you have access to a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch, inflatable jumping area, corn maze, straw maze, saddle swings, the storybook barn, petting farm, and so much more. The entrance fee is per person whether you choose to do the activities or not so it can be pricey for large families. I will say though, the kids had a blast (and we did too!) This cost does not include the price of the pumpkins if you choose to pick one. They are sold by weight and the price changes each year.

Fall Fun at Blakes Orchard

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Picking out our pumpkins!On the wagon ride back to the main part of the orchard.The kids climbed the huge straw mountain.Climbing a John Deere tractor made from straw bales.Although this picture is blurry, it shows the giggling fun that we had chasing each other in the straw maze!Alex and Grace are jumping on the inflatable balloon jump.These are VERY cool saddle swings!Of course donuts and cider afterwards!
Picking out our pumpkins!
Picking out our pumpkins! | Source
On the wagon ride back to the main part of the orchard.
On the wagon ride back to the main part of the orchard. | Source
The kids climbed the huge straw mountain.
The kids climbed the huge straw mountain. | Source
Climbing a John Deere tractor made from straw bales.
Climbing a John Deere tractor made from straw bales. | Source
Although this picture is blurry, it shows the giggling fun that we had chasing each other in the straw maze!
Although this picture is blurry, it shows the giggling fun that we had chasing each other in the straw maze! | Source
Alex and Grace are jumping on the inflatable balloon jump.
Alex and Grace are jumping on the inflatable balloon jump. | Source
These are VERY cool saddle swings!
These are VERY cool saddle swings! | Source
Of course donuts and cider afterwards!
Of course donuts and cider afterwards! | Source

Blake's Store

There are candied apples, caramel apples, homemade fudge, hot and cold apple cider and lunch items for purchase in the store area. You can also purchase apple products such as apple butter and other seasonal foods like peppers, tomatoes, and berries that are grown on the property.

During the winter months there are wreaths, hot chocolate and much more to purchase. There is also a place for the kids to visit Santa and even see his reindeer!

And don't forget the donuts! Blakes has the BEST donuts around. The warm, freshly baked cake donut sprinkled with just the right amount of cinnamon and sugar is the perfect end to any visit to the cider mill!

Blake's Cider Mill and Orchard

A marker17985 Armada Center Road Armada, MI 48005 -
17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005, USA
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Blake's U-Cut Christmas Trees

Shortly after I got married, my husband and I started a tradition of cutting down our own Christmas tree. My birthday falls at the beginning of December so we always go on the weekend closest to it. We have continued this tradition as our children were born and it is great time for all of us. Each year we return to Blakes for our Christmas tree for that year.

There are several varieties to choose from. There are Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir, White Spruce, Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, and Concolor Fir. The prices start at $39.95 and go up from there. You are provided with a hand saw to cut the tree when you give your license at the store. This ensures the return of the saw to Blakes.

Then you take a wagon ride out to the tree farm. This is where the big decision is made! Once you have made your choice and cut it down, you can roll it to the wagon with rolling carts that are provided for you. There, workers will tag your tree and haul it back to the main area of the farm. Trees are shaken on a machine to remove the excess and dead needles and then are wrapped in rope for easy transport. There are also fire pits around if you need to warm up while waiting for the next wagon to take you back to the main farm area.

Winter Fun at Blake's Orchard and Cider Mill

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So many trees to choose from!We found our tree!Now Tati gets to cut it down!Visiting Santa after the tree cutting.Don't forget the reindeer!Santa's reindeer take a break before the long trip back to the North Pole!
So many trees to choose from!
So many trees to choose from! | Source
We found our tree!
We found our tree! | Source
Now Tati gets to cut it down!
Now Tati gets to cut it down! | Source
Visiting Santa after the tree cutting.
Visiting Santa after the tree cutting. | Source
Don't forget the reindeer!
Don't forget the reindeer! | Source
Santa's reindeer take a break before the long trip back to the North Pole!
Santa's reindeer take a break before the long trip back to the North Pole! | Source

Additional Suggestions for Your Visit to Blakes

Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Dress warmly for the winter and you may even need boots if there is snow or has rained because there may be mud. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours there with all of the activities that are available to do. Trust me, your kids will not want to leave! Many of the items are priced based on the type of growing season that it was so prices will vary. Most of all, have fun! It is a great place to visit.

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I've been wanting to visit Blake's for years as I live so close and it sounds so fun. I never knew they had Christmas activities as well as Halloween!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Awesome review and what a wonderful annual tradition you've created for your family.

      The picture of Grace and Alex jumping on the inflatable pumkin is awesome and Alex, looks like he's King of the Hill standing on top of the John Deere Tractor that's made out of hay bales.

      Voted up across the board and am pinning.

      Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs and Love to Your Wonderful Family,

      Gail

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      This looks like a great time! What an awesome review! It looks like the kids are jumping on a giant pumpkin. You've also got me craving candy and caramel apples. Hehe.

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