Crumbly shortcake, huge dollops of fluffy whipped cream, and heaps of sweet, summer strawberries…it’s a dessert that’s practically irresistible, especially in June, when local strawberries are at their peak of flavor. It’s so delicious, in fact, that the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is dedicating one whole day to this divine dessert. Strawberry Shortcake Day is happening from about 1 p.m. until about 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.
The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is a working museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only a few remaining 1800’s-era grist mills in the world. Bring the whole family any time during those hours to learn how the grist mill works and to eat shortcake made from whole wheat flour ground on-site using state-of-the-art 1876 technology. Guests are invited to take home free samples of flour (although donations are appreciated, as the mill is a non-profit operation) as well as Cedar Creek Grist Mill recipes so you can recreate Strawberry Shortcake Day at home.
The Cedar Creek Grist Mill is located deep in the woods east of Woodland, at 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road. (Visit the Grist Mill’s website at www.cedarcreekgristmill.org for directions.) The mill is open on weekends from 1 to 4 p.m., showing guests the inner workings of an old-time grist mill with huge pulleys and spinning belts turning the heavy grindstones, all powered by the mill wheel. No gas or electricity are used—just the water in swift-running Cedar Creek. The mill produces flour, corn meal, and even apple cider. The mill hosts family-friendly events all year long, like Bread and Butter Day, Cornbread Day, Blueberry Pancake Day, and the incredibly popular Cider Press in October. To learn more, visit www.cedarcreekgristmill.org.