Today Barb, Linda and I drove up to Waterbury Center to visit several places. It was cold and foggy when we left but, by the time we had arrived at Waterbury Center, the fog had lifted and it was warming up nicely.
Our first stop was at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, where we watched the cider-making process. Fresh apples are poured into a large hopper where they are crushed. Then the resulting mush is poured onto large rack and cloth presses. These are stacked several feet high and then the cider press mashes all the juice out. The leftover material is fed to animals. We sampled freshly-made cider and their famous cider donuts. Yum!! I brought home a half gallon of cider.
Then we started working our way back south. We stopped at the Cabot Cheese Annex, where we sampled their delicious cheeses. I bought three types: Garlic and Herb, Tomato Basil and Sage Cheddar. Their factory is northeast of Montpelier in Cabot, Vermont.
Driving on a little farther, we stopped at the Green Mountain Coffee Roasting Company. We could smell the coffee well before we arrived! The visitor center showed videos about the varieties of coffee cherries (not coffee beans, as I had thought), where they are grown, etc. It is quite an operation.
From here we headed back to Montpelier, where we had lunch at a nice shop where the foods are all prepared by students at the Vermont Culinary Institute. It was very good. Next door was a Ben and Jerry's ice cream shop so, of course, we had to stop in for a sample of their wares.
For the rest of the day we just hung out. We have a fairly long drive ahead of us tomorrow to Bar Harbor, Maine.