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Any cider mills (or something similar) in metro area?

ViolentScarlet Oct 2, 2008 11:21 AM

I was thinking back to my youth in suburban Detroit and the wondrous Franklin Cider Mill, which sells the world's best apple cider, apples, fresh donuts, and sundry other items. Is there anything like this in NoVa or MoCo? I know there's some apple-picking places but don't know if that's the same, although some of them probably sell cider...

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    reiflame RE: ViolentScarlet Oct 2, 2008 04:39 PM

    Heyser Farms in Silver Spring. They are the only local place I know of that does unpasteurized cider. Tiny operation, but great prices - I picked up Honeycrisps there for $1.49 a pound this week.

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      Doh RE: reiflame Oct 5, 2008 07:51 PM

      I noticed Spring Mill Bakery in Bethesda was selling the unpasteurized Heyser Farms cider this weekend.

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        reiflame RE: Doh Oct 5, 2008 08:21 PM

        That is awesome - I hope they're able to find some more distribution channels; I bet it's hard with the lack of pasteurization. Stupid health codes.

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          Doh RE: reiflame Oct 6, 2008 07:35 AM

          Yes, I grew up with the unpasteurized cider and we enjoyed drinking it as the taste changed (although sometimes it was a race to finish it). I remember at some point we switched over to pasteurized cider and it was weird that you could keep it for weeks.

          I should have bought some, but I was walking around and didn't want to carry a 1/2 gallon with me.

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      Aza Mila RE: ViolentScarlet Oct 3, 2008 10:25 AM

      There is a place on the edge of Front Royal that has cider and fresh made apple cinnamon donuts. I think it is called the Apple Mountain House.

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        Manassas64 RE: Aza Mila Sep 12, 2010 01:15 PM

        I think it's this place called The Apple House. I have stopped there many times. I love this place.


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        coovin RE: ViolentScarlet Oct 4, 2008 07:13 AM

        Hey, I lived in the Southfield, and Troy area in MI for around 32 years ( i was born and raised in this area) so I'm quite fimiliar with the Franklin cider and I agree with your assessment. What part did you live? How long have you been in the D.C. area? My wife and have been here since 1999 to find work. What brought you out here? I would like to hear from you soon. Hope all is well

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          Bill on Capitol Hill RE: coovin Oct 5, 2008 07:05 PM

          The Silver Spring and Front Royal suggestions are intriguing, but this Madison Heights-bred chowhound is about to take advantage of the fact that the Franklin cider mill is only 9 hours 6 minutes away.

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            karakreativ RE: coovin Sep 12, 2010 10:19 AM

            I grew up in Novi and lived in Rochester and Birmingham in more recent years, until I moved to DC with my Coast Guard husband!

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            karakreativ RE: ViolentScarlet Sep 12, 2010 10:07 AM

            Hey! I'm from the mitten! We should start a meetup for Michigan people in the DC area and hit up a local cider mill!

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              Crumpetlady RE: ViolentScarlet Sep 12, 2010 09:26 PM

              If you are nearer to Frederick, do try McCutcheon's Apple Products on Carroll Street. They have wonderful cider pressed right in-house, both clear and cloudy.

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                alkapal RE: Crumpetlady Sep 13, 2010 06:49 AM

                and mccutchen's makes *fabulous* fruit butters, jams, jellies, preserves and relishes! http://www.mccutcheons.com/index.php

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                  flavrmeistr RE: alkapal Sep 14, 2010 11:22 AM

                  McCutcheon's has been there a long while. It's the last cannery still operating in Frederick. They still have a steam whistle at the plant that blows at 8 a.m, noon, 1 o'clock and 5 o'clock, as it has for over 100 years. How cool is that? You can head a little further up 15 to Catoctin Mountain Orchard for fresh-pressed cider and fresh-baked apple pies.

              2. chowser RE: ViolentScarlet Sep 13, 2010 03:42 PM

                Stribling orchard in Markham, VA is a pyo but also has cider, a bakery, little shop.


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                  jay313 RE: ViolentScarlet Oct 24, 2010 05:53 AM

                  This is crazy that this many people form Detroit are looking for Cider mills in DC area! My wife and I have been hear a year from Detroit and are looking for a cider mill, with Cider Donuts, etc. We used to go to one outside lansing on our way to Mt Pleassant MI, it was great. Just thought Id Say hi!

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                    skipper RE: ViolentScarlet Oct 25, 2010 09:20 AM

                    There also is Baugher's in Westminister. It has good produce from its own farm and presses its own cider. There also is a restaurant attached to the farm stand which serves pretty good homelike cooked meals. I think you can still buy Baugher's apples and cider at a farm stand on Gunpowder Road in PG County.

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                      MDBBQFiend RE: ViolentScarlet Oct 25, 2010 11:44 AM

                      On Saturday, I visited the Distillery Lane Ciderworks just on the edge of Burkittsville, Maryland. Newly opened in early September, they are selling UV flash pasteurized fresh cider and three varieties of bottled hard cider. The ciders are unique blends of English varieties. They are also offering very interesting apples for sale, including Grimes, Bramleys, Liberty's, etc.

                      After tasting each of the hard ciders, I took two bottles home. I also purchased a 1/2 gallon of fresh cider, but while good, I don't think it's the equal of Heyser's product (Cloverly, MD).

                      The drive out to Burkittsville is scenic and the cider is good...


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