Off-Mass: Louisburg Cider Mill

It’s the time of year when people are touting pumpkin everything, am I right? But let’s not forget about some of the other important delicacies of the season: chili, hot cocoa, and of course the almighty hot apple cider. A traditional drink served in the fall and winter seasons, apple cider is best served fresh, and well, hot! For us Lawrencians, that means making the trek southeast of town to Louisburg Cider Mill where you can see the entire apple cider process unfold before your eyes.

Welcome to the Louisburg Cider Mill!

Fresh cider and cider donuts.

We recently made the one hour drive to Louisburg with a group of buddies to enjoy the fall festivities. Beyond hot apple cider and some serious cider donuts, the Louisburg Cider Mill offers a country store, pumpkin patch, corn maze, and hay wagon ride.

First things first: hot cider and cider donuts. Now I’m not one to oogle over hot cider, but let me tell you, this is hot cider to oogle about! The rich sweetness is thick and appelicious; the freshness can’t be beat. Unless, of course, you want to pair it with a warm cider donut, covered in sugar. It’s a winning pair, but I’m sure I don’t have to convince you.

After we had our fill, we took a little walk around to see the cider-making process. It starts with fresh apples being rinsed as they enter a barn on a conveyor belt. Once in the barn, the apples are sorted and rinsed again. Then, the apples enter a hammermill to be pulverized and made into pumice. From there, the pumice moves through tubes to be pressed. During the pressing process, the pulp is separated from the juice, which results in fresh cider! The cider then enters a cooling and reheating process which pasteurizes the cider to make it safe for drinking. Most of this process is visible to visitors.

Hot cider + cider donuts = happy dance.

Peeking in to see the cider-making process!

We completed our visit with a successful trek through the corn maze and walk through the (picked over) pumpkin patch. It was a little late in the season to find any perky pumpkins; fortunately, none of us were looking to make a last minute purchase. Overall, our trip to the Louisburg Cider Mill was the perfect activity to launch us into the festivities of the season. While the pumpkin patch, corn maze and wagon rides are finished for the season you can still make a visit for fresh cider and donuts. Make sure you don’t skip out on the Country Store, either – they have some lovely gift baskets perfect for the holidays.

Studying up for the corn maze.

The Country Store is STOCKED with cider!

Find Louisburg Cider Mill at: 14730 K68 Highway, Louisburg KS 66053. [1.913.837.5202]

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One Response to “Off-Mass: Louisburg Cider Mill”

  1. Meryl says:

    I wish we’d done the cider mill after Halloween this year. I like going down there, but it was so crowded!