Yates Cider Mill gets ready for a busy season!

Posted: 5:04 PM, Aug 31, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-31 17:04:19-04

You know fall is right around the corner when you hear the rumble of the apple cider press.

"For the mill to come alive in the fall, the smells and the sounds, it's just awesome we love it," said Mike Titus, the owner of Yates Cider Mill in Rochester Hills.

Yates Cider Mill is creating apple cider for the season.

"The first apples of the season are ready... those are Paula red and ginger golds. Those are called summer apples," Titus explained. "Our bakery is in full swing so we have always fresh made donuts, those go together cider and donuts as everyone knows."

The cider is created using a method from the early 1900's.

The apples get chopped up and pressed to squeeze out all the sweet goodness.

Yates Cider Mill uses Michigan grown apples and this year farmers are predicting a record breaking harvest.

"When we hear that there is a good crop, obviously it helps us rest easy."

Mike takes great pride in showing off the process and customers seem to enjoy watching the apple cider be made.

"It's a big deal for us to be able to share the tradition that we've had for over 150 years now.

The cider mill has other sweet treats - but you can't walk out of there without a jug of cider in tow.

He added, "To be able to be a part of people's traditions in the fall and give them our best is something we are proud of."

Yates Cider Mill will make 100,000 gallons of cider this season.