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Yates Cider Mill keeps people coming back for more since 1863

Posted at 5:19 AM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 13:37:02-04

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) — As soon as it’s fall, Michiganders make a beeline for Yates Cider Mill in Rochester.

“It’s been great to be part of this where we can make so many people happy with cider and donuts every year,” said owner Katie Titus.

She is carrying on the tradition, along with her husband Mike, that the Yates family started in 1863.

"The Yates family had a business relationship with my grandfather," Titus said. "And so they ended up selling the cider mill to him in 1959."

Only two families have ever owned Yates. Katie is third generation.

The mill began as a grist and saw mill and evolved into an apple press for local farmers by using the Clinton River for a power source.

"I’ve been coming here for years," said customer Linda Skonieczny. "We’d come and get cider and then go over to the park."

Dave LewAllen also has fond memories of bringing his son to the cider mill.

"We love to make people happy, and they seem to love to come just to enjoy the day with their family, make traditions and make memories," said Titus.

Yates Cider Mill is located at 1990 E Avon Rd. It's open weekdays 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.