Detroit Gets Its First Black-Owned Cider Mill On The City's West Side
Photo Credit: Unsplash | Anthony Vela

Photo Credit: Unsplash | Anthony Vela

Detroit Gets Its First Black-Owned Cider Mill On The City's West Side

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Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Nov 25, 2020

There’s a new cider mill in Detroit that just so happens to be the city’s first and only cider mill, and it’s Black-owned.

Located on the city’s west side at 1600 Lawrence Street is Detroit Farm and Cider Mill where visitors will find cherry, pear, and peach trees across four acres of land.

The farm and cider mill is full of seasonal produce, including pumpkins in the fall and hayrides, and features activities including live music, bonfires, a rock wall tree, a zipline, and more.

Detroit Farm and Cider Mill is the brainchild of Leandra King who told WXYZ that traveling outside the city to the metro were experiences that left a lasting impact on her.

“It was one of my fondest memories, going to Parmenter’s,” she said, referring to a cider mill about 30 minutes north from Detroit. “I’ve been to Blake’s. I just remember going to Yates as a kid, and I just wanted to recreate that for the City of Detroit.”

Now, King is making it possible for youth in the community to have access to the farm and mill because admission is free. The mill also offers discounts for Detroit Public Schools and most of the locally sourced food and beverage items are available for purchase using EBT, she said.

“We’re probably losing money,” said King said. “But we’re so passionate about what we’re doing and we want to make this work.”

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