Mayor Bryan Barnett to Run as Write-In Candidate with VIDEO

Close to forty people from the community gathered at Yates Cider Mill on Monday to show their support for Mayor Bryan Barnett as he announced his campaign to run as a write-in candidate for mayor of Rochester Hills. The Rochester Hills City Charter limits candidates to two terms on the ballot. However, those seeking a third term may run as a write-in Candidate. Yates owner, Mike Titus, welcomed friends, area students and community leaders, including Congressman Mike Bishop and Oakland … [Read more...]

Barnett to Make Major Announcement on Monday

Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Congressman Mike Bishop, along with Mike Titus, owner of Yates Cider Mill, and several Rochester Hills community leaders will be present to participate in the announcement of Mayor Barnett’s future plans. Mayor Barnett has served the citizens of Rochester Hills as mayor since 2006. The press conference will take place Monday, February 23 at 11 a.m. at Yates Cider Mill. Stay tuned to Rochester Media for updates on the … [Read more...]

Yates, Paint Creek and Rochester Cider Mills

Yates, Paint Creek and Rochester Cider Mills What’s the latest with Rochester Area cider mills? A spring pressing, a two-year extension, and year-round operations sum up the spring news at three local cider mills. Spring Apple Cider at Yates Yate’s Cider Mill offered fresh apple cider, pressed on site, for a special month-long treat to kick off the spring. Their last pressing was on Mother’s Day and cider connoisseurs will have to wait a few more months for fresh cider again. … [Read more...]

Cider Mills Wind Down For Season

Michigan Apples Set State Record It was a good season for apples here in Michigan. The state set shipment records two weeks in a row in October. With 9.2 million total apple trees in commercial production on 36,500 acres, Michigan is the third largest producer of apples in the United States, and distributes apples to 26 states and 18 countries. As one of the largest fruit crops in the state, apples have an estimated annual impact of $700–900 million on Michigan’s economy. “Our growers, … [Read more...]

Cider Mills Open with Bumper Apple Crop

Bumper Crop 2013 The Michigan apple crop is back. After last year’s disappointing drop of 90%, causing apple and cider prices to rise, the apple crop is way above average for this fall season. Only 2.7 million bushels were harvested in Michigan in 2012. This year, an estimated 30 million bushels is expected. “Many factors have contributed to this large crop,” said Diane Smith, Michigan Apple Committee executive director. “Great weather this past spring and summer, including cool … [Read more...]

Cider & Salmon

I’m all geared-up not just because the salmon are starting their annual river spawning migrations, but also because I can smell that heavenly aroma of sweet apple cider, fresh baked donuts and caramel apples drifting down from the 137-year-old cider mill just upstream. The amazing thing is that both are happening right here in Rochester Hills right now and the epicenter for all of this excitement is Yates Cider Mill. Yates is a Michigan landmark and a registered historic site and its mill has … [Read more...]

Rochester Fall Bucket List

Fall is a great time of year. Michigan summers are so wonderful, but I truly enjoy the fun of visiting cider mills, the changing leaves on the trees, and all the great events in the area. Here is my Fall Bucket List of 20 things you should try this fall. Enjoy! Take a bite out of the Art & Apples Festival, Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8 Ride your bike or take a walk down the Paint Creek Trail and collect different colored leaves. Visit the Rochester Cider Mill. They … [Read more...]

Local Cider Mills Open Despite Poor Apple Crop

Poor Apple Crop Despite the poor apple crop here in Michigan, local cider mills open for the fall season. The early heat wave followed by a frost resulted in the apple crop being down by 90 percent. The Michigan Apple Committee states it’s “the largest apple crop loss since the 1940s.” Yates Cider Mill Yates Cider Mill, a well known landmark, opened mid-August and plans to “have cider all season,” according to Katie Titus, owner. Yates is “Buying as many Michigan apples as they can” and … [Read more...]

Spring Apple Cider at Yates

Yates Cider Mill Opens this Friday! It’s true; Yates will open for a special spring pressing. The Rochester landmark is taking advantage of last year’s good harvest. They purchased apples from last season that were in cold storage to press into cider. The mill will be open for “10 days only,” states Katie Titus, owner. Originally, the mill was going to open for two weekends only in April to do the spring pressing. However, when word spread through the community with vigor, they decided to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s all the hype about Cider Mills?

Dear Crabby, I just moved to the area from down south, and I see all these signs and advertisements for cider mills.  What is all the hype for?  What do these mills have to offer? Sincerely, Sal Sourly Dear Mr. Sourly, As a lifelong Michigander, and as a Rochester Hills resident who has three cider mills within three miles of my house, I have to say that I am a big fan of them!  I'm not sure how the whole thing got started; I assume some farmer had a big crop of apples and was … [Read more...]