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Any cider mills (or something similar) in metro area?

I was thinking back to my youth in suburban Detroit and the wondrous Franklin Cider Mill, which sells the world's best apple cider, apples, fresh donuts, and sundry other items. Is there anything like this in NoVa or MoCo? I know there's some apple-picking places but don't know if that's the same, although some of them probably sell cider...

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  1. Heyser Farms in Silver Spring. They are the only local place I know of that does unpasteurized cider. Tiny operation, but great prices - I picked up Honeycrisps there for $1.49 a pound this week.

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    1. re: reiflame

      I noticed Spring Mill Bakery in Bethesda was selling the unpasteurized Heyser Farms cider this weekend.

      1. re: Doh

        That is awesome - I hope they're able to find some more distribution channels; I bet it's hard with the lack of pasteurization. Stupid health codes.

        1. re: reiflame

          Yes, I grew up with the unpasteurized cider and we enjoyed drinking it as the taste changed (although sometimes it was a race to finish it). I remember at some point we switched over to pasteurized cider and it was weird that you could keep it for weeks.

          I should have bought some, but I was walking around and didn't want to carry a 1/2 gallon with me.

    2. There is a place on the edge of Front Royal that has cider and fresh made apple cinnamon donuts. I think it is called the Apple Mountain House.

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      1. re: Aza Mila

        I think it's this place called The Apple House. I have stopped there many times. I love this place.


      2. Hey, I lived in the Southfield, and Troy area in MI for around 32 years ( i was born and raised in this area) so I'm quite fimiliar with the Franklin cider and I agree with your assessment. What part did you live? How long have you been in the D.C. area? My wife and have been here since 1999 to find work. What brought you out here? I would like to hear from you soon. Hope all is well

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        1. re: coovin

          The Silver Spring and Front Royal suggestions are intriguing, but this Madison Heights-bred chowhound is about to take advantage of the fact that the Franklin cider mill is only 9 hours 6 minutes away.

          1. re: coovin

            I grew up in Novi and lived in Rochester and Birmingham in more recent years, until I moved to DC with my Coast Guard husband!

          2. Hey! I'm from the mitten! We should start a meetup for Michigan people in the DC area and hit up a local cider mill!

            1. If you are nearer to Frederick, do try McCutcheon's Apple Products on Carroll Street. They have wonderful cider pressed right in-house, both clear and cloudy.

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              1. re: Crumpetlady

                and mccutchen's makes *fabulous* fruit butters, jams, jellies, preserves and relishes! http://www.mccutcheons.com/index.php

                1. re: alkapal

                  McCutcheon's has been there a long while. It's the last cannery still operating in Frederick. They still have a steam whistle at the plant that blows at 8 a.m, noon, 1 o'clock and 5 o'clock, as it has for over 100 years. How cool is that? You can head a little further up 15 to Catoctin Mountain Orchard for fresh-pressed cider and fresh-baked apple pies.

              2. Stribling orchard in Markham, VA is a pyo but also has cider, a bakery, little shop.


                1. This is crazy that this many people form Detroit are looking for Cider mills in DC area! My wife and I have been hear a year from Detroit and are looking for a cider mill, with Cider Donuts, etc. We used to go to one outside lansing on our way to Mt Pleassant MI, it was great. Just thought Id Say hi!

                  1. There also is Baugher's in Westminister. It has good produce from its own farm and presses its own cider. There also is a restaurant attached to the farm stand which serves pretty good homelike cooked meals. I think you can still buy Baugher's apples and cider at a farm stand on Gunpowder Road in PG County.

                    1. On Saturday, I visited the Distillery Lane Ciderworks just on the edge of Burkittsville, Maryland. Newly opened in early September, they are selling UV flash pasteurized fresh cider and three varieties of bottled hard cider. The ciders are unique blends of English varieties. They are also offering very interesting apples for sale, including Grimes, Bramleys, Liberty's, etc.

                      After tasting each of the hard ciders, I took two bottles home. I also purchased a 1/2 gallon of fresh cider, but while good, I don't think it's the equal of Heyser's product (Cloverly, MD).

                      The drive out to Burkittsville is scenic and the cider is good...


                      1. Did you all do a cider meet up yet!? We just moved here from Ann Arbor - homesick for a cider mill :(

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                        1. re: cpparker

                          welcome to the area!

                          i'm happy you resurrected this thread, because i love good cider and am anxious to see what is new in the area (or gone).

                          still a bit early for cider thinking though -- with temps in the 80s.

                          my next "event" is mad fox brewing company's "hoppy oktoberfest." ;-). no cider, but it says "autumn" to me. (they do have a couple of hard ciders on tap, though, year-round). http://madfoxbrewing.com/mad-fox-events i like best the hard cider on tap at murphy's irish pub on king street in old town alexandria, va. http://murphyspub.com/murphys/alexand...

                          1. re: cpparker

                            I am so excited! I was googling cider mills in VA and I came across this thread!!! I am from Troy MI. Moved here about 5 yrs ago. The weather is making me miss Yates Cider Mill cider and dougnuts. Has anyone found a cider mill that is even close to the MI cider mills? I would love to meet up with some Michigan peeps! To be around people that know what a party store is and won't look at me weird when I order a "pop". Lol

                            1. re: ncrebassa

                              you and cpparker should email each other by putting your contact info in your profiles. maybe you'll be able to create a michigan chowhound group, by meeting others as well.

                              1. re: alkapal

                                You are so right alkapal! I miss all my michigan peeps! Could be fun!

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  As a fellow Michigander, a 313 native, and enjoyer of all things fall... I would simply love to coordinate a MI peeps get together and check out one of these suggested mills...I am Alex and can be reached at ans1311@gmail if anyone is interested in co-chairing (sorry it sounds so DC and I couldn't resist) and can then post / include this & create a MeetUp or something!

                                  1. re: Ans1311

                                    Awesome! I would love to have a Michigan meetup! I can help you if you want. I'll email you :)

                                    1. re: cpparker

                                      Hey this is ans1311 otherwise known as Alex! So yes let's plan something out for later this month...can you email me again BC I didn't see your email in my inbox? This way we can connect via phone, etc!

                                      1. re: Ans1311

                                        I just tried to send you an email - it's saying invalid email address- it's this ans1311@gmail

                                        1. re: cpparker

                                          Yes this is correct - not sure why it's not working - perhaps I could email you?

                            2. I love all the Michiganders searching for the Franklin Cider Mill experience out east. An industrious person should open a proper cider mill here.

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                              1. re: interplanetjanet

                                Hi there fellow Michiganders! Do we love our cider or what?! So glad I'm not the only one searching for a "Michigan fall" experience here in DC. My husband and I moved to the area (Alexandria) a year and a half ago from the mitten. He is originally from Detroit and I'm from Grand Rapids. Last year we were lucky to spend some of October back home but this year we are here wishing we could have some good ol apple cider & doughnuts. Anyone come up with a good place to go?

                              2. i wanted to see what was happening in northern virginia, so i found this link: http://www.applejournal.com/va02.htm
                                here's one place with fresh-pressed cider: " Crooked Run Orchard
                                Sam Brown or Uta Dittbrenner
                                37883 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132
                                (540) 338-6642
                                Directions: 32 miles west of Tysons Corner on Route 7. Turn left at Purcellville exit onto Route 287. Go 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Business Route 7 (E. Main Street). Turn immediately left at first driveway.
                                Hours: 8 a.m.-dark, daily.
                                Freshly pressed apple cider - October 1-December 31"

                                Hill High Farm and "The Pumpkin Patch" http://thepumpkin-patch.com

                                933 Barley Lane, Winchester, VA 22602
                                (540) 667-7377
                                Directions: From I-81, exit 310 onto Route 37 north. Proceed 2 miles to the Opequon exit. Turn left onto Route 622 (Cedar Creek Grade); go approximately 2 miles to village of Opequon; go left across bridge and proceed approximately 2.5 miles; turn left onto Barley Lane (Route 732). Farm is the first driveway on the right.
                                Hours: September 21st, 2003 and every weekend through October -- 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Group tours scheduled during the week, Tuesday-Friday beginning September 16th, 2003. <these "2003" dates are on their site, but their site is active>

                                SECOND WEEK OF OCTOBER 2014: APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL**:
                                Marker-Miller Orchards http://www.markermillerorchards.com/i...

                                3035 Cedar Creek Grade
                                Winchester, VA 22602
                                Frederick County
                                Phone: (540) 662-1391 or (540) 662-1980
                                Open: July 1 thru Dec. 23. 9am - 6pm Monday-Friday, Saturday. 9am-4pm (Sunday 12-4 in September & October ).
                                Description: This is a family farm of around 900 acres. We have 350 acres of fruit, mainly apples but including peaches, pears, plums and a few apricots. We also grow fresh vegetables and pumpkins.
                                We have sold retail for 50 years out of our packing house. 4 years ago we built a farm market on the farm. We now have a BAKERY AND A WINE TASTING ROOM. WINE TASTINGS EVERY SATURDAY. IN OUR BAKERY WE FEATURE OUR FAMOUS APPLE CIDER DONUTS, fruit pies, apple & peach turnovers, fresh apple cakes, cinnamon & rum buns, fresh bread, coconut, lemon & chocolate meringue pies and fresh cakes.

                                ** Apple Harvest Festival: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 2014 (9AM-5PM) AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 (10AM-5PM).
                                Everything apples!!!!!!!!!!! 20 varieties of apples to choose from, with pick your own available. Apple cobbler and apple cider slushees can be enjoyed while sitting on the front porch or listening to the music each day from 1-3 P.M. For the kids we have the cow train, a playground and room to run. A variety of food will be available at the food building. Wagon rides around the farm scheduled throughout the day."

                                ok, peeps, i've done a little homework for you, but there are more listed on that main link at the top of this post.

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                                1. re: alkapal

                                  Thanks for all the info! I am from novi and miss franklin cider mill and the northville cider mill will have to check these out!

                                2. I was also searching for a local cider mill (Northern VA)- we are from Northville, MI and visited the cider mill in town for many years. We've lived in many places, there is nothing like Michigan cider mills. Thanks for the info!

                                  1. excerpt from Arlington Magazine, story by Nevin Martell http://www.arlingtonmagazine.com/Sept... :

                                    The Apple House
                                    4675 John Marshall Highway, Linden; 540-636-6329, www.theapplehouse.net

                                    ....sparkling cider ...apple-butter doughnuts ... on the way to Shenandoah National Park.

                                    Crooked Run Orchard
                                    37883 East Main St., Purcellville; 540-338-6642, crookedrunorchard.com

                                    ...freshly pressed, unpasteurized ciders [from] more than a dozen apple varietals ...grown ...on-site. (Also pick your own).

                                    Marker-Miller Orchards
                                    3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester; 540-662-1980, www.markermillerorchards.com

                                    ....straight-up apple cider or a sweet-tart apple-cherry blend. [also] homemade goodies, such as apple pies, cider doughnuts, apple butter, jellies and jams.

                                    Hartland Orchard
                                    3064 Hartland Lane, Markham; 540-364-2316, hartlandorchard.com

                                    ...just-pressed, house-made cider, [pick your own of] 18 varieties of apples..., including tougher-to-find varietals such as Smokehouse, Rambo and Grimes Golden.