Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Remembering Rouster’s

'Tis the season for apple cider, and I really should go out and get some this weekend. But it won't be the same as it once was. as a correspondent from back home named Vicki Rafferty brought back a memory.

Since 1939, generations of families visited Rouster’s Apple House, a rustic farm market east of Milford, Ohio, on State Route 131, with over two dozen varieties of apples, including their very own hand-pollinated breed called a Krispy. We passed by there every time we went to the Rosselot farm where Mom grew up. I remember the place very well, with free samples of cider, and apple slices for the road. In 1978, Ma and Pa Rouster handed over the business to their son Dan and his wife Donna. They managed to keep the spirit alive until last year, when one too many bad crops, and the need to scale back given the passage of years, forced them to close the store. They still run the berry fields during the summer, and area folks still have over seven decades of memories upon which to look back.

Click on the name of the place and read all about it. Meanwhile, I'm getting homesick again ...

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