Halloween day was the annual apple pressing at the Cedar Creek Grist Mill in Amboy, Wa. I figured it would be popular but WOW! Traffic had to be revised and we parked about half mile away and hiked down to the creek. Before actually crossing the bridge to the Mill there some sort of steam powered contraption that turned the large drum that was washing apples. Once cleaned they were loaded into large cans and driven to the mill for processing. The actual line to get a quart of juice was sooooo long I decied to just enjoy watching. The mill was in full activity with about 4 presses going and two stations of apple slicing going on. Buckets of juice were hauled to another room to be poured into large vats that other volunteers were busily filling jugs. The smell of fresh apples filled the air but my favorite was the milling of wheat into soft or hard flour and corn into fresh cornmeal. This morning I made a beautiful batch of Buttermilk pancakes from the soft flour covered in warm syrup…mmmm.. good!
Archive for ◊ November, 2009 ◊
• Sunday, November 01st, 2009