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Vermont to the Core

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What’s to see at our Mill besides the cider-making?

Hours of Operation: EVERYDAY  8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Located at:

3600 Waterbury-Stowe Rd

Waterbury Center, Vermont 05677


We make our legendary Cider Donuts — called one of the country’s four best donuts by Gourmet magazine — every day, fresh all day long. During foliage season, we’ll make over 800 dozen per day! All this demand is thanks to our 25-year-old secret recipe.


The warm aromas of fresh baking lure visitors to our bake case, where “What looks good?” usually becomes “I’ll have these, and those, and those ...” Our bakers are constantly coming up with new, tantalizing creations. We feature Pumpkin Rolls, Oatmeal Packed Energry Cookies, Mapled Nutty Bars, Apple Turnovers, Homemade Fudge and our great old standby, Apple Pie.


The Mill is home to hundreds of Vermont Foods — everything from pancake mix to pickled garlic. Each day we put out for sampling at least  5 of our own products, like Maple Mustard, Maple Butter, Cider Jelly (a tangy, tasty favorite), and a variety of others.


Catch our pressing men in action and  watch cider being made the real, old-time way. In winter and summer, we press three to four days a week — but from mid-September through mid-December, we go seven days a week. We also have a large sample tank, where you can taste fresh-pressed cider while observing the process or watching a video about it.


It’s the bees that ensure a good apple crop, by pollinating the orchards every spring — and it only takes a hive 2-3 hours to pollinate a good-sized orchard. See these amazing creatures up close (behind glass) in our Honey Corner’s observation hive. They fly through a tube to the outside, and travel up to five miles to retrieve pollen. They’re mesmerizingly busy all summer, till the end of October. We offer their best work: Regular, Creamed, and Comb Honey in a variety of sizes.


The Luncheonette is the replacement of our former Apple Core gift shop (dont worry most products are still available in the cider mill) and offers a variety of cold sandwiches, grilled paninis, wraps, salads, kid-friendly fare. We have prided ourselved in incorporating a variety of organic and local products in our menu to create a unique "localvore" experience. Also, our sandwich bread is made fresh daily, and our patrons have the option of having their sandwich on a traditional house-made white or a delicious sweet potato wheat. Our menu and recipes were created by a local Vermonter, Susan Grant, who has done an amazing job creating healthy recipes and utilizing our very own Cold Hollow products. The Apple Core Luncheonette will operate 7 days a week, opening Monday through Friday 11:30 - 3:00 and Saturday and Sunday 11:30 - 3:30.