By Nisqually Valley News —
Get those tastebuds going on the way to Mount Rainier with a visit to Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm, located a few miles east of Interstate 5 and north of Tenino at 9402 Rich Road SE.
Like many other tried and true attractions around the area, Lattin’s is a small, family-owned farm that has been cultivating and perfecting its cider since 1976. The apples used in the cider-making process are purchased directly from the same high-quality growers each year, then stored at a controlled temperature to preserve their crispness.
The family and its employees sorts, washes and cuts each apple by hand — which amounts to up to 75 tons of apples a day during peak times, and translates to 4,000 gallons of fresh cider in one week.
To take a look into the precise process of creating Lattin’s own specific tastes of ciders: The apples are ground and pressed, pasteurized and bottled immediately but no additives, preservatives or sweeteners are added. Once it’s time to test the product, there is only one way — to take that first sip.
Although apple cider is Lattin’s claim to fame, the mill also produces cider from strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, and they even add a kick to some apple ciders to make spiced ciders.
Visitors can wander about the flower and vegetable gardens, enjoy a picnic complete with cider to drink, and even feed baby farm animals — goats, chickens, roosters, calves, bunnies, lambs and pigs. Lattin’s also offers a year-round maze and play area for kids.
Lattin’s farmers market provides a spread of Eastern Washington fruit, farm fresh eggs, fruit syrups, dried fruit, honey, jam, smoked salmon, Johnson’s Smokehouse meat and cheese products, crisp apples and ready-to-bake frozen pies. Lattin’s also sells pastries and donuts, baked fresh daily.
Apple fritters are available Fridays before noon and all weekend.
If You Want to Go:
Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm is open year-round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, June 1 to Dec. 31. For more information call 360-491-7328 or visit http://lattinscider.com.