Autumn traditions: Dexter Cider Mill
Summer’s fading fast, and it truly feels like fall. Each year since I’ve been in Ann Arbor, I’ve taken a trip to the Dexter Cider Mill sometime in September or October. People travel here in all sorts of methods – driving, biking, or even canoeing. Time has really sped up these last few years, with a year passing before I even realize it. When I try to think back of the last time I went apple-picking with friends, I’m always shocked by the realization that it was a whole year ago. I appreciate these yearly traditions more, now that we are all getting so busy and have to actively make plans. So without further ado, I present a local favorite, the Dexter Cider Mill.
Reportedly the oldest continuously operating cider mill in Michigan, the Dexter Cider Mill hasn’t changed much over the years. They still only take cash/check, although in recent years they have set up an ATM. Working out of what seems most similar to a farm and garage, with a little bucket on a pulley that transports goodies from the upstairs to the downstairs, the Cider Mill is very rustic. They have much more than just donuts and cider, with all different sorts of honey and cheese.
The donuts are always warm and perfect, with just enough cinnamon sugar goodness. The cider is sweet and refreshing, and tastes even better when heated up on a brisk day. I love all the vintage objects scattered throughout the store – everything from old apple peelers on the wall to the still-in-use 100-year-old equipment. The line goes out the door, but it moves quickly!
It’s really nice to walk down behind the building to picnic tables set up by the river. However, watch out for bees, which are always around and are happy for a sip of cider here and there. A true autumn tradition, I will always make time in my schedule for a trip to the Dexter Cider Mill. Plus, it lets me stock up on wine from Sandhill Crane Vineyards.