The Fly Creek Cider Mill’s Boomer and Boschert press returns to service this Saturday from 10AM - 2PM maintaining an autumn tradition for over 160 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 in the traditional rack-and-cloth method using the power of water from the Millpond. Visitors can witness the entire process in the Cider Gallery and expanded Learning Center 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.”
This year’s apple crop is robust and freshly picked McIntosh, Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Macound and Cortland are available for tasting in the temperature-controlled, pack-your-own apple display room
Beyond the Mill’s award-winning, fresh cider there are many more flavors to experience. Visitors can taste all kinds of gourmet specialty foods and signature items such as Apple and Corn Salsas, Mill-Aged, Extra- Sharp New York State Cheddar Cheese and Mill-Made Fudge. Also available for sampling are Hard Ciders and Wines from the Mill’s Farm Winery and freshly-baked pies and breads from the Bakery.