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Two little sibling boys having fun on strawberry farm in summer

At Blake Farms, the family friendly activities are endless. From U-Pick fruits (and vegetables) and train rides, to their Funland and petting zoo full of farm animals, the fun spans all ages and all four seasons.

 

Plan to spend the day at Blake Farms because there’s so much to do! We took our boys to Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill during strawberry season and they had a blast finding strawberries in the field. My son refused to try a strawberry prior to the trip but after picking them himself we now have a new food on his eat list! After gathering a bounty of fruit we headed to Funland to bounce out all the toddler energy (it was also a good workout for us). We couldn’t skip the tractor train ride and afterwards we fueled up on our boys favorite food (chicken nuggets) before grabbing some pies to go. There was a lot more to do but the boys were ready for nap time and passed out before we hit the main roads – always the sign of a good trip!

 

We planned our visit for early morning on a weekday in order to beat the crowds. Blakes is a popular place and weekends are busy. When you arrive you can drive straight through to get boxes for U-Pick or park and play at Funland before taking a ride out to the orchards. The farm offers an array of vegetables all summer long and all your favorite fruits. From strawberries to start the season, to cherries, raspberries and peaches in mid summer to apples and pumpkins in the fall you’ll have plenty of reasons to keep coming back. Check out the harvest calendar here.

 

What You Need:

  • Dress for the weather. Rain boots or rubber shoes are a good idea if its been raining and you plan to go out into the fields.

Start Making Plans

Blake Farms has 3 locations so make sure your GPS is sending you to the right place!

 

Blake’s Orchard & Cider Mill

The Orchard & Cider Mill has U-Pick fields, Funland playground and petting farm, Cider Mill for a meal, sweet treats and jarred goods and a tasting room for Blake’s Hard Cider.

  • Address: 17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005
  • Ages: Fun for everyone
  • Cost: Minimum $15 to pick produce. Funland rates range from $8-$12.95 (kids 2 and under are free)
  • Parking: You drive your car to the orchard and there is a large paved lot in the front of the Cider Mill for Funland and food.
  • Time: 7 days a week; 8am to 6pm
  • Where to eat: Kid staples like hot-dogs and chicken nuggets are on the menu at the Cider Mill along with an array of freshly baked treats (pies, fudge, candied pecans and more). Mom and Dad can also stop by the Ciderhouse & Winery for grown-up beverages.

 

Blake’s Big Apple

Big Apple is great for fall with U-Pick orchards and haunted attractions.

  • Address: 71485 North Avenue, Armada, MI 48005
  • Ages: Fun for everyone
  • Cost: Minimum $15 to pick produce. Fall attractions range from $10 to $20
  • Parking: Large surface lot next to the store.
  • Time: 7 days a week; 8am to 6pm
  • Where to eat: Fall favorites cider and donuts are always on the menu, plus seasonal produce and jarred goods.

 

Blake’s Garden Center

Shop for your garden and your pantry at the garden center. There is a greenhouse and outdoor nursery. You’ll also want to check out the on-site bakery.

  • Address: 5600 Van Dyke, Almont, MI 48003
  • Ages: All ages
  • Cost: Plants and garden items vary
  • Parking: Large surface lot next to the store.
  • Time: 7 days a week; 8am to 7pm (closes at 6pm on Sundays)
  • Where to eat: Fall favorites cider and donuts are always on the menu, plus seasonal produce and jarred goods.

 

Have questions? Send me an email at carrie@littleguidedetroit.com

 

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Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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