Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill won Michigan’s annual sweet cider contest. Second place went to Hill Brothers Orchards and Cider Mill, Grand Rapids, and third to Engelsma’s Apple Barn and Cider Mill, Walker, both previous multiple winners of the trophy.
Plymouth Orchards is located near Ann Arbor, a hundred miles west of the fruit belt near Grand Rapids where Jim Hill and Jim Engelsma have their orchards. All of them operate direct farm markets. Plymouth Orchards is owned by Mary Emmett, and the cider makers are Alicia Estrada and Mary Krause.
Honorable mentions went to fifth place Klein Cider Mill of Sparta, cider maker Stephen Klein, and fourth place to Erwin Orchards of South Lyon, cider maker Bill Emery and owner Bill Erwin. There were 34 entries.