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133 Years and Still Pressing Strong

Written By Editor on 9/12/22 | 9/12/22

Fly Creek Cider Mill’s water-powered, water-hydraulic press starts making sweet cider old-fashioned way just minutes from Cooperstown, NY.


Fly Creek, NY- The Fly Creek Cider Mill’s Boomer and Boschert press will once again come to life this Thursday, September 15th continuing an autumn tradition 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 fed by Fly Creek.  Visitors can witness the entire process in the Cider Gallery and Learning Center overlooking the original equipment while operators demonstrate the cider-making technique and explain the process. 


“Fall is our special time of year when the Mill comes to life creating our delicious, sweet cider. Seeing the press in action is truly amazing to watch,” 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 traditional process.”   


This year’s apple crop is robust and freshly picked. McIntosh, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Paula Reds and Zestar are available to bag 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 shop 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. 


New this year is the Tasting Room where visitors can taste products from the Farm Winery and purchase a flight to enjoy while watching the cider-making process.  Hard Ciders, Apple and Grape Wines, Craft Beers and Distilled Spirits are all available to taste and enjoy. 


The Mill operates the press every week until just before Thanksgiving Day and is located minutes from the historic Village of Cooperstown in Central New York State.  For a full line-up of events and pressing times visit their website at and

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