Cider Pressing Season Begins September 12 Saturday, September 12, 2015
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Dumping the Apples into the Washer
1924 Waterloo Boy Engine that powers the grinder
Stacking the grounds apples is called laying up the cheese
Turning the full pressing tray
1889 water-powered press in action
Old-Fashioned Cider Pressing Tradition Begins Again This Saturday in Fly Creek
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard starts the press this weekend for 159th season

Fly Creek, NY- The Fly Creek Cider Mill’s Boomer and Boschert press will once again come to life on Saturday, September 12th maintaining an autumn tradition for 159 years in the Upstate New York hamlet of Fly Creek just minutes from Cooperstown.

Known for its historically authentic machinery the Mill makes its cider with the traditional rack-and-cloth method using the power of water and an antique Waterloo Boy Engine.  Visitors can witness the process in the Cider Gallery overlooking the original equipment while operators demonstrate the cider-making technique and explain the process. 

“For someone who hasn’t experienced our Mill in operation, it can be truly mesmerizing to watch all the old equipment work,” states Bill Michaels, co-owner of the Mill.  “We painstakingly maintain and preserve the Mill so that returning generations can share in the fascination of our process.”   

The Mill operates the press every weekend until Thanksgiving producing all the Mill’s sweet cider.  “Our famous cider does change in flavor throughout the season depending on the apple varieties that are available.  This year’s excellent crop will allow us to use a wider mix of apple varieties for our early cider, creating a sweeter well-balanced juice.” says Bill.

Beyond the Mill’s award-winning, fresh sweet cider, there are many more flavors to experience.   Visitors can taste many kinds of gourmet specialty foods and signature items such as Apple and Corn Salsas, Mill-Aged Extra-Sharp New York State Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Mill-Made Fudge and New York-grown apples.  Also available for sampling are Hard Ciders and Wines from the Mill’s Farm Winery and fresh-baked Cookies and Breads from the Bakery.

The Mill’s fall festival season starts September 26th with the Cooperstown Lions Club Just Ducky Weekend followed by Big Squeeze Weekend for Breast Cancer Awareness and CiderFest on Columbus Day weekend. 

The Fly Creek Cider Mill is located just minutes from the historic Village of Cooperstown and 24 miles south of Herkimer in Central New York State.  For a full line-up of fall events and to purchase the Mill’s products on-line, visit their website at  

Click here to view our segment from the show "Small Town, Big Deal" that features the cider-making process!

Antique Tractors at Applefest
Weir Family Fiddlers Applefest Performance
Old time engine shows
Traditional Cider Pressing
Always plenty of samples
Feeding our Farm Friends
Big Squeeze Weekend
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