If you had to pick one flavor that really defines Thurston County, it would have to be that of apple fritters. Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm’s apple fritters are renown throughout Thurston County for their fresh, hot from the fryer, yumminess. People drive from Olympia out to the country to purchase for their work.
Fritters fresh from the fryer.
Carolyn Lattin, the 87-year-old owner of the farm, is a local treasure. She began making fritters after the man who sold spices to Ralph’s Thriftway suggested it. He came out to visit, gave her the recipe and showed her how to make them.
“We sold well over 50,000 fritters a year. On weekdays, we sell 500 to 600 and weekends around 3000,” she said.
Lattin’s bakery also makes hugely popular fruit pies. Her fresh-pressed cider sells a thousand gallons a week in the offseason and in September that jumps to 5000 gallons.
“When we first started, we charged people $1 to press their apples and put the juice in a jug. People loved it because they could freeze it and have fresh apple juice for their children all winter long,” she said.
Fritters are covered with a sweet, delicious frosting.
Age doesn’t slow her down. She works 7 days a week and is still having fun sharing the farm with the many visitors that stop by each day. Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm recently won its second award from Trip Advisor. Lattin appreciates all the love she receives.
“It’s work but it’s been fun, all kinds of hugs,” she said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t get 20 hugs. I am so loved.”
Despite all the love and her enjoyment of her work, she knows there are limits.
“I’m not doing this beyond 100,” she said.
Fritters are available Thursday – Sunday and they sell out each day. Lattin’s County Cider Mill and Farm, Daily 9 – 5:30 p.m., 9402 Rich Rd. SE, Olympia, 360.491.732