What a beautiful Fall we are having. The trees have begun to show their colors and very soon they will be in full display! I decided to take my camera and go on a little drive to the neighboring town of Middlebury. There is an old treasure there that I wanted to show you if you have not already experienced it. The Miller Cider Mill started WAY back in the early 1900’s. You will not find their cider on grocery store shelves as it is unpasteurized and sold fresh and cold right after it is pressed. I have never been a big cider fan but that all changed when I tried the Miller’s fresh pressed cider. I am hooked! Lets start out at the road and I will take you on a little trip down the lane to the mill.
Here is the sign out by the road. This is all there is. Nothing big and grand, just a simple wooden apple sign. You wind down a long lane that takes you back by the river. And along the way, there are many sites to see.
One of the first things that you will see is this train car. This is the guest house! When the Miller’s have overnight guests, this is where they stay. How fun!
There are several signs from local businesses that are part of the history of this small town that have been purchased by the Millers and moved out to the Mill. It is really nice to see them have a new home here.
This is your directional sign. I completely missed it the first time I was there…..I just kept driving back the lane to where I saw other vehicles.
Now past here and on over the bridge.
Isn’t the setting beautiful?
This is what you see if you stop here along the lane and look back to where you have come from. Look at that Tree House! You can go in the tree from the opposite side and up into that little house built onto the tree. The round roof makes it look like a mushroom.
And here we are at the end of the lane. A simple, modest storefront. They sell cider, apple butter, apple jelly and maple syrup.
They are pretty much open all the time except Sunday. The gal that was working while I was there said that they prefer that you come before dark but if it is after dark, call so they know that you are coming. That is beyond accommodating! Who does that?!
This is the big vat (?) that holds the chilled cider. As soon as you walk in the door, there is someone there to offer you a cup to sip on while you decide how many gallons or half gallons that you can drink. They recommend that you drink it within a week as it is not pasteurized and will start to turn after that. I cannot begin to tell you how good it is. 100 percent better than what you buy in the store!
On the front of the vat is a sign that tells you what kind of apples and the percentage used in the batch you are sampling and buying. It changes every time they make a batch.
And now to enjoy the reward of my trip down the lane to the mill. Ahhhh…
If you have never been to Miller’s Cider Mill in Middlebury, IN you can find it approximately 1 mile east of State Road 13 at
55514 C.R. 8, Middlebury, IN.
If you have time, take a trip over and check them out. You will not regret it. They will have fresh pressed cider until the end of the year.