On a September Sunday, People poured in from the surrounding communities and descended upon the this beautiful, third-generation-run apple mill in droves. The well-known, white building on Plank Road in Webster houses a modern cider mill in addition to a large store complete with mounds of homemade treats, fresh-picked apples, just-bottled cider and other locally crafted goods. Paula Red was the apple pressed that afternoon, and the clear, golden cider was sweet and tangy like the crack of a brisk autumn morning. Behind the far end of the mill, Redeye Jack provided lively music, adding to the festive atmosphere.
In front of the store, friends and family were gathered around to watch competitors young and old race to eat as many apple cider fried cakes as possible before time was called. Crumbs were flying, and smiling, full mouths were chewing as quickly as they could to the amusement of cheering onlookers. They had a lot to smile about, feasting on Schutt’s award-winning fried cakes. Schutt’s fried cakes won 2017 City Newspaper’s Best of Rochester Fried Cakes/Donuts as well as Muller’s Cider House’s 2017 Best Cider Donut. These awards are obviously no secret as a lengthy line of patrons snaked along several walls inside Schutt’s store, waiting half an hour or longer to purchase dozens of these tantalizing treats.
Outside, children enjoyed several activities all provided on the house by Schutt’s. Face painting was a huge hit with the youngsters, and a line of happy, decorated faces streamed from Schutt’s Apple Mill porch right up until the moment the artists finished for the day. Mr. Big Bounce’s Bounce House provided a fun and safe way for kids to burn off some of their extra energy while still having a good time. The Mini Ark gave kids the opportunity to get close to both common and unusual animals.
Inside, many children also enjoyed watching honey bees within a glass case, as the bees busily made honey. Children and adults alike were fascinated by the cider pressing demonstrations which were clearly visible from within the store due to a large, floor-to-ceiling, window wall between the store and the cider mill. Free samples of such delights as apple cider, meat hot sauce, maple sugar candy and sweet chili bacon jam abounded. This celebration succeeded in capturing the mill’s exceptional quality and its family focus. Happy 100th, Schutt’s!