In Michigan, apple orchard and cider mill trips are a fall tradition for many people. We Michiganders love these places as much as we love Mackinaw Island fudge and Vernors ginger ale. So of course when I went home this past weekend, it was a necessity for me to head to the local cider mill back in my hometown of Hartland. Spicer Orchards has been around since 1967 and started out with a few rows of apple trees and blueberries and a small donut shop in a barn by Alan and Wanda Spicer. Today Spicer’s has over 15 varieties of apples, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, pumpkins and fresh produce and makes thousands of donuts on any given fall day. The entire Spicer family comes together to work at the orchard with three generations working side by side, however they do employ numerous local high school kids.
Spicer’s is one of the largest orchards in the state and when my family and I went right around 12:30 in the afternoon, business was really starting to pick up. Pumpkins were lined up outside the store for people who did not want to or have the time to pick their own and the aroma of hot cinnamon donuts and apple cider floated through the air. My family made our way to the pick-your-own barn to grab a bag to pick apples, hopped on a hayride out to the apple orchard; along with about 30 other people (it was a full ride)! Although apples have been in season since the end of August, the tree branches were still bent with the weight of the abundance of apples they were supporting. After filling our bag full of my favorite apples for me to bring back to school, we started making our way back up from the orchard to the store and along the way found an apple that was almost bigger than my face!
As we walked back up to the store, we passed a play area with zip lines, bikes, slides, a sandbox, and a petting farm. The new winery building (with wines made from Spicer fruits) was bustling and people were pouring out of every door in the store. We made our way to the back of the store to get apple cider and hot cinnamon donuts and then went and sat outside on the hillside to enjoy our treats and the amazing view over the entire orchard. We also went to the back of the building where you can watch employees make the apple cider.
All in all, just like every Michigan native, I loved my visit to the cider mill. If any of you Timberwolves, Michiganders or otherwise, want to take a little trip to an orchard sometime I suggest checking out Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm and Leaman’s Green Applebarn! Get directions and hours of business at these websites: http://www.greenapplebarn.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Baynes-Apple-Valley-Farm Do not forget to share your fun fall photos with us on Instagram and Twitter, tag us with @NorthwoodU!
Daniella Gama-Diaz is an Advertsing and Marketing major here at Northwood University. Her whole life she’s watched commercials and seen advertisements, never feeling satisfied with them. “I just feel like I have good ideas and the ability to improve current advertisements to make them more effective.” she says as to why she chose her major. It seems to be working well for Daniella, and it better with such big aspirations. Daniella plans to graduate with her masters by the age of twenty-one and participate in internships to make sure she has a job straight out of college. After a while in her field Daniella wants to get her PhD at MSU. Her final destination will be in print advertising but she might not stop there, “I could also see myself as an editor” she jokes, “I just can’t stand poor grammar”. Wherever Daniella Gama-Diaz ends up, we hope she enjoys it, and gets there by using the skills she learned at our very own Northwood University!
Name: Don Handley
Hometown: Clarkston, Michigan
Major: Automotive Aftermarket Management
Year, Make, Model: 2000 Volkswagen GTI
Engine, (Natural Aspirated/Turbo): 2.8 VR6 naturally aspirated
Transmission, AWD/RWD/FWD: 5-speed manual, FWD
Why this particular car?
I chose this car because it’s sporty and this had the VR6 engine I wanted, and I’m pretty brand loyal to Volkswagen.
What Mods have been done to this car?
Engine: Cold air intake, headers, 262 cams and a 3’’ full exhaust with a Magnaflow muffler
Transmission: Short throw shifter
Suspension & Wheels: Solowerks coilovers and 18×8 Alzor 349 rims