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Cider Mill Tours

Follow in the footsteps of the many folks who have witnessed the making of fresh, sweet cider at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

Take a self-guided tour of the Mill's production area in the Cider Gallery on the second level. The Gallery houses the exhibit Power, Process and Popularity that depicts the entire process, portraying the unique equipment that powers the Mill and offering information about apples and cider. The Gallery overlooks the 1889 Boomer & Boschert water-powered, water-hyraulic cider press producing some 20,000 gallons of cider each fall. The actual process takes place on weekends at non-scheduled times dependent on cider sales. On busy fall weekends the Mill runs continuously from ten until two. At other times a video demonstrates the cider making process.

The cider making starts with the harvest of hand-picked Apples from New York® Apples. The apples are stored at 38 degrees Fahrenheit before pressing. As needed the apples are sent through the apple washer located in the Mill's old ice house where they are scrubbed with nine rows of brushes and heavy jets of fresh, clean water.

After washing, the apples fall into the grinder, a stainless-steel drum with knives running at high speends.  The grinder shreds the whole apple in to a course mash called pomace.  A progress-cavitey feed pump transfers the pomace to the second-level grinding area.

Layers of pomace are placed in nylon cloths between plastic racks in a formation called a "cheese." After the "cheese" is complete the entire pressing tray is rotated under the press. Pressure is applied by a two-cylinder water pump that is powered by the Lestner Water Turbine located in the basement of the Mill. The spinning turbine runs another flat belt to transfer power to the press's water-hydraulic pump creating pressure on the "cheese." The resulting sweet cider is pressed out of the pomace and held in a storage tank for the next step: assuring cider safety.

The Mill's newest piece of technology is an ultraviolet light processing machine called "Cidersure." The Cidersure process guarantees cider safety by shining high intensity ultraviolet light through a very thin stream of cider. The light eliminates the possibility of any harmful contaminates in the fresh juice the same as with pasteurization without the addition of heat, therefore retaining a freshly pressed taste.  Another advantave of the UV method is that it does not damage any of the natural yeast in the juice so it will still ferment.  The cider is then pumped into two storage tanks ready to be tasted and purchased by Mill visitors.

Tours are complimentary and self-guided.

Video of Complete Cider-Making Process

Cidersure Machine Video

New York Foodie Podcast - a great audio story about what you will see at the Mill!

NBC News - Cider Pressing


Featured Products

1856 BBQ Sauce

Apple Butter Spread

Artichoke Walnut Pasta Sauce

Apple Butter

Habanero Garlic Pickled

Garden Medley Dip Mix

Apple Butter Syrup & Topping

1856 Bouillabaisse

Fly Creek Cookbook

Carrot Cake Muffin Mix

FCCM Camper Mug - Green

What our visitors are saying

“The wonderful, sweet, delicious golden flow of the autumnal harvest from the Fly Creek Cider Mill has arrived. We sit here in SW Florida sipping on this exceptional cider and have paired it with homemade guacamole and tortilla chips. This rich, syrupy apple cider, pressed on your historic Boomer and Boschert cider press using NY state apples kissed by the autumn frost, is as fresh as if it was squeezed earlier today. It truly is a remarkable treat for us.”

-Craig Boyko - North Ft. Meyers, Florida - cider shipper

“"...but the Apple Cider itself, really was the best! In CT we have several well known cider farms but they really do not compare to the Fly Creek Cider! Fly Creek has no sediment on the bottom, just a fresh clean apple taste. (It even freezes very well without compromising the taste.) Will be back before Thanksgiving to pick up more cider... and pie! Great tasting apple pie without the overkill of nutmeg, cinnamon, or sugar like other places."”

-TripAdvisor Reviewer

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