If the golden cider jug, trophies and awards are any indication, Carolyn Lattin makes some of the best apple cider in the country at her Country Cider Mill [located at 9402 Rich Road SE Olympia WA 98501]. Carolyn has had 37 years to perfect her recipe.
On top of selling cider to three farmers markets, two food co-ops, multiple local restaurants and food services, Lattin's Country Cider mill boasts a 20-acre community party house open year around Mon-Sat 9:00 till 5:30 and Sundays till 4:00 until Dec. 31. The Lattins don't charge a daily entrance fee, but you won't want to leave without buying a full sampling of the many agricultural products she sells in her store. ( I highly recommend the strawberry preserves!)
Lattin's fall apple festival brings folks from all around to sample the cider and homemade apple fritters, take horse-drawn carriage rides out to the farm's garden to pick their own pumpkins, pet the many animals that occupy the grounds and listen to live bluegrass music. Apple Festival opens on weekends the last of September and runs through October from 9 am to 5 pm .There is a parking fee of $2 per car.During Christmas, folks come out to see the decorations and lights and to pick up fruit preserves and frozen products that they missed out on in the summer. In between holidays, an old greenhouse doubles as a birthday party house where youngsters can set up for events that include animal petting, a brand new playground and year-round maze.
Carolyn Lattin just keeps the Olympia community coming back to her farm. A new employee in her bakery told her, Carolyn, you don't have customers, you have friends.
Agritourism is the hottest trend in small farms. According to a 2010 study by Washington State University, over 44 percent of operating agritourism farms are less than 10 years old. Thurston county is currently working on easing regulations to allow more small farms to open their doors to things like wine tasting, produce stands, and educational tours.
Author:Brandi Rademacher Phone: 253-224-6663 Dated: September 18th 2011 Views: 1,522 About Brandi: Brandi Rademacher with RE/MAX Realty South is the Professional Realtor who other Realtors come to fo...
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