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Alber Orchard and Cider Mill

13011 Bethel Church Road

Alber Orchard and Cider Mill is owned and operated today Mike and Therese Bossory, and their children Megan and Nathan. The Bossory's are the first owners outside the Alber family since the farm was purchased by John Alber in 1881. The land itself was originally deeded by President Andrew Jackson in 1832.

Mike and Therese seek to maintain and preserve the local history and traditions of the area, growing more than 50 varieties of apples, many of which are heirloom varieties no longer available in grocery stores. They have also modernized the original 1890 Mount Gilead Cider Press, and provide working demonstrations for their guests to show how the apples are blended, squeezed, and jugged in the original traditions.

Although Mike still maintains an off-farm sales position and Therese is a full time nurse, they plan to soon devote full time to the preservation of these historic buildings and grounds for your enjoyment.

The orchard is a wonderful place for special events, weddings, and group picnics. Features of the farm include the beautiful rolling hillsides, creek, a gazebo nestled in the orchard, horse-drawn wagon rides, a fall pumpkin patch and the extensive variety of traditional and heirloom apples.


Richard Mousigian

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Nice selection of antique apples in a very pretty setting.

Jim Vitek

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Huge variety of quality apples. Common varieties sold via standard measures (peck, bushel, etc), and rare heirloom varieties sold by the pound. All apple varieties are available to try by the slice before buying. They have a small retail area with local jams, honey, etc, but apples are clearly the main event. The cider is a must try. They blend apple varieties in the cider for a fantastic tasting cider.

Kate Pepin

Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Staff were very helpful! I bought a bushel of apples in bulk and then selected a few of the old heritage variety apples by the pound. Great quality!

Dave Patrick

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
This place is a rip-off!!! They don't sell apples by the peck or bushel, like most orchards, they charge by the pound. The result is that their apples are grossly overpriced and on the day we were there, they only had 2nds that were blemished. No apples out on display in the store, so you need to ask to see what they have. The donut case was empty and covered w/crumbs, and a gallon of cider was $8!!! You can buy quality, all natural, made-in-michigan cider at most markets for $5. Go elsewhere, as this place just doesn't cut it.

Tomsic Maria

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016
Nice history of the old barns and how they were built. The owners were awesome. You can also try the apples before you buy them which is great!

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