Thursday, July 15, 2010

Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery Opens Tasting Room at Lansing City Market

Two historic agricultural institutions in Michigan are joining forces as Uncle John’s Cider Mill opens a tasting room at the Lansing City Market – just blocks from the state’s capitol. Visitors to the tasting room will be able to sample Uncle John’s full range of wines including traditional grape, fruit, dessert and of course the hard ciders. This is the first winery in Michigan to be licensed to operate a tasting room in a farmer’s market setting.

Over the past five years, Uncle John’s Fruit House Winery has collected state and national awards for its carbonated, dessert and specialty wines, as well as cider, perry and spirits. In addition to distribution at its historic-barn-turned-tasting-room on North US-127 in St. Johns and the Lansing City Market, the Fruit House products can be found at more than 70 retail outlets, restaurants and wine shops around the state. Uncle John’s Cider Mill & Fruit House Winery are owned and operated by Dede and Mike Beck, and John Heystek – fifth generation growers at the 240-acre landmark farm.

A proud charter member of the Michigan Farm Market Association, the Lansing City Market was established in 1909 and is now situated along majestic Grand River. For more than 100 years, quality local farmers and artisans have been bringing their goods to sell to the public in a one-of-a-kind, family-friendly environment.

Lansing City Market is located at 325 City Market Dr. (formerly Museum Dr.), just south of where Cedar and Shiawassee streets meet. The market is open year round, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 7pm and Saturdays, 9am to 5pm. Parking can be found on both sides of the new market. An east upper plaza and west-of-the-building lower plaza are currently open. Overflow parking is also available in the old market lots.

Uncle John’s Cider Mill is located at 8614 North US-127. For more information, visit Uncle John’s Cider Mill online at or call 989-224-3686. For more about Lansing City Market, log onto

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