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How Much is That Cider at the Grocer's?

We've told you about the high cost of apples and cider, the result of a bad spring crop of apples in Michigan. We checked at the grocery stores around Rochester for a price comparison.

It's almost fall and you're craving — what else? — apple cider.

The only place to buy hometown cider in Rochester is our own Yates Cider Mill (it's $5.75 a half-gallon). We checked the price of cider at the grocery stores around town; they carry Zeigler's from Pennsylvania, Hy's from Romeo and Tastee from Ohio.

Here are the prices, per half-gallon, as of Thursday:

  • Meijer: $3.49 (Zeiglers); also has gallon for $4.99.
  • Busch's: $3.99 (Hy's, Tastee, Zeiglers).
  • Hollywood Market: 3.99 (Zeiglers).
  • Kroger: $3.99 (Kroger brand); also has gallon for $5.99.
  • Papa Joe's: $4.99 (Hy's).
  • Whole Foods Market: $4.99 (Hy's).

Read about cider and other treats at Yates in Michigan's Apple Shortage Won't Detract From Rich History of Yates Cider Mill.

Liz September 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Trader Joes always had super cider.
Kristin Bull (Editor) September 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Yes, Liz ... that's what I remember, too. But they didn't seem to have any yet this year ...
Peter Griffin September 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Paint Creek Cider Mill --- $9.99/gallon....tasted great!!!!!!
Sheryl September 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Goodison Cider Mill has the superior cider around these parts. They do not heat pasteurize (they use UV instead) so your cider doesn't taste like fancy apple juice, it retains the real stuff. They are just north of the overpriced Paint Creek Cider Mill on Orion Road. On Sundays starting at 1:30, there is live music in the side yard. Don't forget a donut (or three) to go with that cider!!!
Peter Griffin September 22, 2012 at 01:17 PM
That is one of the 3 we usually go to....Paint Creek, Goodison, and the Rochester Cider Mill. We will have to try Goodison next. If the Cider is not pasteurized, am I not able to keep it as long before it spoils?
Patricia September 22, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Rochester Cider Mill is our place--the cider is sweet and smooth and we never eat just one donut especially when they are still warm. Tom, Ruth, the rest of the family and friends make awesome ciders and pies and have been a part of our community forever. The pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving is a tradition for our family along with the "holiday cider".

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