Historic Yates Cider Mill

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Yates Store at Canterbury Village

Now Open :: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Meet theApples

What the Yates Life
Revolves Around

Unique cider that has kept them coming back for generations. The most intriguing and delicious apple pies this side of Michigan. Pastries made on site with that certain something that you can’t get anywhere else.

It’s all in the apple.

The right combination of apples in just the right seasons creates a unique flavor sensation that Michiganders have craved for generations. We’ve turned the art of making cider, donuts, pastries, and beverages into a masterpiece that’s best enjoyed alongside family and friends.

Apples can also be purchased at Yates Cider Mill for use in drinks, desserts, pastries, and savory foods all year long. And, of course, there’s nothing like just simply taking a nice, big bite out of a crisp, juicy apple!

Do you know which types of apples you like best? Meet some of our favorites here!

Cortland

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Empire

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Gala

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Golden Delicious

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Honeycrisp

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Jonathan

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McIntosh

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Jonagold

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Northern Spy

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      A hint of tartness makes this a great baking variety, used frequently in desserts. A descendant of the McIntosh, the Cortland Apple is a bit sweeter than its ancestor. It’s known for its white flesh and excellent flavor.

      Empire Apples premiered in 1966 in the Empire State of New York. A cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh, Empire Apples were developed by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. This crisp, juicy apple has a delightful sweet-tart flavor and creamy white flesh, making it a good all-purpose apple. Stake out your Empire between September and July.

      There’s no need to wonder why the Gala Apple is Michigan’s third most popular apple for fresh eating or cooking. With a crisp, snappy bite over a mellow sweetness, Gala Apples look great, smell sweet, and eat like a dream!

      A gingery-smooth, sweet taste lies under a thin skin. The most popular yellow apple, Golden Delicious Apples are the professionals’ choice for applesauce and cider, as well as pies and other desserts.

      This apple is hot! And mighty crisp. Featuring a combination of beautiful, unique colors and excellent sweet flavor, Honeycrisp Apples offer a great bite. Whether you eat them fresh out of the bag or use them in savory foods, salads, or desserts, they’re perfect any way you slice them.

      Jonathans were discovered in Woodstock, N.Y., in the 1920s, and they’re known for their use in pies and applesauce. This crimson apple with occasional touches of green has a spicy tang that blends well with other varieties in sauces and cider. Jonathan Apples are typically available from September through April.

      This old, well-known variety was discovered as a chance seedling by John McIntosh in 1811. Its deep red finish sometimes carries a green blush. Juicy, tangy, and tart, McIntosh has a tender, white flesh. It is best used for snacking and applesauce, but some people enjoy its tart flavor in pies as well. This apple is typically available from September through May.

      Make sure you try this one – superbly crisp and juicy with shades of tart and sweet in each apple. Highly ranked by apple connoisseurs, Jonagold Apples are usually large and aromatic. They’re popular in Europe but better from Michigan’s cooler climate.

      The Northern Spy Apple, sometimes known as “Northern Pie Apple,” is a variety of apple native to the northern East Coast of the United States and parts of Michigan and Ontario. The skin color is a green ground, flushed with red stripes where not shaded, and it produces fairly late in the season (late October and beyond). 

      Noted for high vitamin C content, it is juicy, crisp, and mildly sweet with a rich, aromatic subacid flavor. Its characteristic flavor is tarter than most popular varieties, and its flesh is harder and crunchier than most. This thin-skinned apple is commonly used for desserts, juices, and cider.