Franklin Cider Mill
Review by SuSu & Rosie
There is a pretty river on which the mill is set, and people bring the gallons of cider they'd just bought and sit on the concreted banks. The bees do follow you around, so keep moving. The most wonderful thing about the place is the cider. Earlier in the season, the profound sweetness is mitigated by the tartness of the crop. Later, the sugar content in the apples can become dizzying. Leave that bottle of cider for a few days, and you get frothy apple jack. Mmmm ...
The donuts are awesome -- fresh, hot, greasy, redolent of cider. Leftovers are great at trifle. Watch for the recipe on Hut Cuisine soon!
Try to get there earlier in the morning. Later on, there is a crush of people, with lines out the door for a little bowl of sliced apples dripped over with caramel sauce. Early, you can play Pooh-sticks on the footbridge which serves as the entry to the mill (pick a stick, drop it -- on a given signal -- then run to the other side of the bridge ... the stick that comes out first wins), and the bees and insects are too drowsy to dive bomb your sweets. Something to consider when embarking into the beautiful little town of Franklin. Worth the trip, and if you worry about the calories, get a workout running from the bees!
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