About Apple Barrel Cider Mill
Our Cider Mill is located near the US127 Ithaca exit just behind Subway. Our bakery specializes in homemade pies, donuts, fudge and much more! In the spring our greenhouse is loaded with beautiful hanging baskets and bedding plants.
We offer fresh Michigan seasonal fruits and berries throughout the summer months. In the fall, squash, pumpkins, mums and of course apple and cider are available. We raise and sell most popular apples including Honeycrisp. We begin pressing cider around Labor Day and continue through the end of the year.
We have a lot of local products including honey and maple syrup in our gift shop area. Stop in and step back in time in our rustic decorated store with many antiques on display!
Our mission is to provide quality products to our customers, which are local where possible, and outstanding service, in an atmosphere that portrays the Love of Christ.
Chris and Marla Buerge, along with the help of our young children, first sold apples in front of our house in a stand that Chris built. These apples came from an old, rejuvenated kitchen orchard at our neighbor’s farm.
Our Own Orchard
We planted our first apple trees at our home in 1997 and began selling out of our barn. We have added to our orchard over the years and today Apple Hill Farm has around 30 different strains and varieties of apples which are all sold through the Apple Barrel Cider Mill.
We started selling fresh cider early on when we could still have it custom pressed for us, and continued that way until new food safety laws made that no longer possible. We purchased a used Rack and Cloth Press at an auction in Rossville, Indiana that we use today. Our son, Corey, has completed all of the Cider Safety Training and is our certified Cider Maker. In 2016 our apple cider won second place in the Michigan Cider Contest held at the Devos Center in Grand Rapids.
Our Cider Mill
Our present location in Ithaca, by US 127 was offered to us and we decided move our market to town. We broke ground on November 15, 2009, and over the next year built the building we are in today. We wanted a rustic, relaxed atmosphere and so we decorated our sales area with repurposed old barn siding and beams from 8 area barns that were slowly decaying. We started pressing our own cider in October of 2010, opening our doors on the 13th.
Since we opened, we have always used the same mixes to make the donuts that our customers have come to love. All of our baked goods are made from scratch in our own bakery. In 2012 we also started making fudge.
Over the years we have sold our donuts, fresh homemade pies, and fresh Michigan fruits at several Central Michigan Farmers Markets including Alma, Bath, Dewitt, Elsie, Ithaca, Owosso, and the Lansing Capitol Farmers Market. Some of these we continue to serve today.