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Drive to Dyn’s

According to the weather reports on the morning news as well as my own observations, today was the pick day of the week to take a scenic ride. I had meant to spend the day cleaning the house but impulsively took a little time out to drive to Dyn’s Cider Mill in Richfield Springs, NY.

It was a lovely drive. I saw a lot of color but, alas, did not pull over and take any pictures. I took several at Dyn’s but could not tell how well they turned out, because the sun was so bright.

An evocative shot, with the door ajar, or do I flatter my photographic abilities?

When I pulled into the parking lot, a couple was enjoying what looked like an iced coffee (in a rare moment of circumspection, I did not ask) on the porch. When I went to take a picture of the front, two ladies were coming out. I waited till they were out of the frame.

A wider view.

I took two shots of the front and cannot decide which I like better, so I include both. Inside I bought Dyn’s Popcorn, which my main reason for going there, and maple syrup from Shaver-Hill Maple Farm in Harpersfield, NY. As a result of listening to too much Roger Miller as a child, I insist on calling it Maple Syrple.

At the counter, I got hot cider and a brownie to bring home for Steven. For myself I hesitated between an carrot cake cupcake or a pineapple bar, ultimately deciding on the latter. Yum!

My view as I ate my treat.

I was going to sit in my car to enjoy my treat, but the other couple was leaving as I came out, so I sat on the porch. I took one more picture before heading out.

Why have I not purchased a pumpkin yet?

I enjoyed the scenery on my ride home, too. I plan to pop a bowl of that popcorn to eat while watching Halloween movies one night soon. For more information on Dyn’s Cider Mill, you can visit their website, http://www.DynsCiderMill.net.

This Post Doesn’t Pop

We had a gift exchange at my place of employment today.  Eleven of us participated, and I got the best present.  For me, anyways.

I LOVE popcorn!

My co-worker Joe is also a farmer.  I’ve purchased peas in the pod from him (the only way I like peas is raw straight from the pod).  I had forgotten he also grew popcorn.

Oh dear, this is a very boring post.  I had meant to tell the whole story about the gift exchange.  We all drew a number.  When it was your number, you picked a present and opened it.  Or you could steal a present somebody else had already opened.  There was a $5 limit on gifts.  There were several scratch-off lottery tickets.  When it was my turn, I picked the biggest present.  It was heavy!

“It’s probably a brick and a scratch-off,” I said.  It was a shoe box stuffed with newspaper and… the popcorn!  I said, “Please, nobody steal it, I really want this!”  One fellow pretended he was about to, but he nicely took something else instead.  I kept saying I was very excited to get popcorn, which of course I was.  Joe told me the popcorn is organic and that it pops big and white.  I’ll have to make another blog post with pictures when I pop some, probably this weekend.

Later I asked where people could get the popcorn, so I could tell my blog readers.  He said they could call the number on the label, or it was available at, “This store in Frankfort, it’s called…”  he searched his mind for the name.

“The Locavore?”  I guessed.  “I love the Locavore!”

So I get to plug The Locavore, too.  As you may guess, they sell local products.  The store is located at 159 E. Main St. in Frankfort.  They are open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Yes, re-reading this I see it is kind of a boring post.  I’m still excited about the popcorn, though.

 

Where I Like to Go for Popcorn

Astute readers may remember that a stop at Dyn’s Cider Mill formed part of Steven’s and my adventures last Friday. I’ve written about Dyn’s before, but I think it’s always appropriate to give a fun place another shout-out.

Dyn’s is located at 7915, Rt. 28, Richfield Springs, NY. It’s a scenic ride with views of water, mountains and farmland. The fall colors were past peak last Friday, but Steven and I saw patches of bright yellow, red and orange. We also scanned for Halloween decorations as we drove by people’s houses.

We walked into the large room and once again admired the country decor. One thing I definitely wanted was a cup of hot cider. The girl working there had to bring out more cups. She also brewed a fresh pot of coffee, which is almost always Steven’s beverage of choice. While the coffee brewed, I found my Dyn’s Popcorn, which was the real reason for the visit, and we debated which of the baked goods we would purchase. I moved my things out of the way of another customer.

“There’s popcorn?” she said, as I moved the bag.

“Really good popcorn,” I said. “I get some every year and love it. Then when it’s gone I make do with Jolly Time till I can get more Dyn’s.”

She got some popcorn, too. Steven and I decided on a half dozen apple cider donuts. I thought about purchasing some gourds to enhance our fall decor but decided against it. I pointed out to Steven that if we had felt like sitting and enjoying our beverages there, we could have used ceramic mugs. We could have played checkers on a rather large board on one of the tables. Perhaps on a future visit.

Dyn’s is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They serve breakfast every Sunday from 7 a.m. to noon, and spaghetti and lasagna Wednesdays from noon to 7 p.m. For more information call 315-858-2078.