SOMERSET TWP., MI – Every fall, Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm populates with guests looking for a true orchard experience. Visitors go on farm tours, explore corn mazes and snack on a variety of sweet treats.
“It is just fun for the family,” said Nikki Smith of Jerome, who has been coming to Meckley’s for the past few years with her husband Charlie and their two young children.
Since 1965, the Meckley family has been growing apples on the farm, 11025 S. Jackson Road, just north of U.S. 12 in Somerset Township. Over the years, the business has expanded with the addition of a cider mill, bakery and even a cidery.
The cider mill produces fresh unpasteurized apple cider made with four to eight varieties of apples. The bakery sells fresh goods such as apple doughnuts, pies and bread. The cidery makes Meckley’s hard cider in a variety of flavors.
The season depends on the crop but the farm is typically open from the middle September to the beginning of November. Guests are welcome from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
Meckley’s hosts fall festivals on Saturday and Sunday every weekend until the end of October. This includes live music, a corn maze, a bounce house and a pumpkin patch.
With 61 years of business, the farm, still run by the Meckley family, has a lot of loyal customers.
Sue and Dave Voigt of Jackson have been coming to Meckley’s for nearly 40 years.
“Doughnuts and apples,” Sue simply said when asked why they keep returning. “Aroma,” Dave added.