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Alber Orchard Carrying Its Heritage Forward with New Venture

Photo: The Alber family home on Pfaus Road in the mid-1800s. Courtesy of Nicolle Bossory.

The Alber family expanded the orchard over the decades, planting a variety of apple trees, including traditional and heirloom varieties still grown today. The orchard gained renown for its cider production, employing a historic cider press that contributed to its reputation.

Throughout the 20th century, Alber Orchard saw several generational changes within the Alber family. Each new generation contributed to the orchard’s growth and modernization while steadfastly adhering to traditional farming practices. This unwavering commitment to tradition and community involvement transformed Alber Orchard into a local landmark, hosting events, participating in local markets, and becoming a beloved destination for families and apple enthusiasts.

In 1999, Michael and Therese Bossory acquired Alber Orchard. They focused on preserving the orchard’s historical aspects, maintaining the historic cider press, and other traditional elements. The orchard embraced modern sustainable farming practices, including organic farming methods and integrated pest management, balancing its rich heritage with contemporary agricultural techniques.

Today, Alber Orchard is more than just a place for apple picking. It offers a diverse range of family-friendly activities, such as hayrides, pumpkin picking, and educational tours that delve into the intricacies of apple farming and cider production. The orchard has evolved into a symbol of local heritage in Manchester, drawing visitors from the region and beyond. Alber Orchard and Cider Mill cultivate a variety of traditional and heirloom apples, meticulously selected and blended to create a cider that leaves a lasting impression.

Freedom Winery tasting room set for a special event in 2023. Photo: Facebook.

In 2023, Freedom Winery opened, adding another attraction to the orchard. At the tasting room, visitors can enjoy an array of craft hard ciders made in Manchester, further enhancing the orchard’s appeal.

Alber Orchard remains a cherished institution in Manchester, known for its historical significance, dedication to traditional farming practices, and role in the community. It continues to promote local agriculture and community engagement, preserving its legacy for future generations.

Alber Orchard and Cider Mill cider and apples are available after Labor Day, but the Freedom Winery is open, and hours are Thursday-Saturday 1:00 pm-8:00 pm

Located at 13011 Bethel Church Rd. Manchester, MI 48158

Visit https://www.alberorchard.com/ or call 734-428-9310 for more information.