Just because October is coming to an end does not mean that the fall fun ends at one of your favorite cider mills in Macomb County. I stopped in to say ‘hello’ to Andrew Blake who runs the hard cider manufacturing part of the farm. With a lot of hard work, Blake’s is now the number one selling hard cider in the state of Michigan. Andrew said Blake’s is open year around to accommodate all the different activities one can do while visiting the farm. For example, in the barn yard fun area, the kids can feed the animals, go gem stone mining and play on the 40-by-20 foot jumping pillows. Outdoors, visitors can try to find their way out of the corn maze, climb the straw mountain, or play basketball or baseball in the sport center.
There are animated characters throughout the property — from the Story Book Barn which repeats children’s favorite story book rhymes, to the Scare Crow Band which I even remember when I was a kid. If I was a young kid today, I would have jumped on the three-wheel tractor pedal bikes I saw and took them for a ride. Even the adults (both with and without children) have many places on the property they can have a great time. There is an area for parties and special events that can be rented. With the admission price of the Barn Yard fun, you can take one of the three trains (when they are being operated) back to the fields to pick apples, pumpkins, gourds, pears, peppers and cabbage when they are in season. Pretty soon you will be coming back to pick your Christmas tree out.
Blake Farms has about 300 acres to enjoy and always looking for new cool things to add. Their market has all your favorites from donuts, caramel apples, fudge, jams and jellies and caramel corn, just to name a few. These are great products any person would love to have in their hometown.
Andrew was very proud the farm is in Armada Township in the northern part of Macomb County. The Blake’s have hired many local families going back many decades. They are always looking for hard-working people for a number of jobs and now have more full-time jobs because of the hard cider manufacturing.
Blake Farms, a few years back, added the cider house which was a big hit right away. It has a nice patio where you can put your feet up and have an amazing hard cider and a bite to eat. I even got a chance to check out the behind-the-scenes cider bottling line and the rows and rows of tasty hard cider in which they have come up with about 19 variations. If you are a wine drinker – don’t panic – Blake’s has plenty of that to serve up as well.
Starting the second week in November, you can come right back to Blake’s for the winter wonderland theme and have some roasted almonds while enjoying the beautiful cool fall weather. This is a year-around cider house and farm orchard with many things to do even during those early dark nights and cold Michigan winters. Dust off that coat and come out in the winter to one of best cider houses and farms in the state. I suggest you get in your car and make some fond memories with your close friends this winter at Blake Farms instead of huddling around the TV, although they even have TV at Blake Farms if you need to catch the big game.
Blake’s has already provided the cozy, friendly atmosphere and, of course, the refreshments for purchase. I guess the only thing left for me to say is ‘enjoy’ and ‘thank you’ Blake family for making Macomb your home.