Opening Day 2014! Thursday, April 10, 2014
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New Blades on Turbine
Installing replacement wooden silo
Preparing pipe liner to line existing metal pipe
Repairing foundation to Turbine tank silo
installing restored turbine in new tank
Fly Creek Cider Mill re-opens for 158th season April 10.

Fly Creek, NY- The Fly Creek Cider Mill is busily preparing for its 158th season marked by history, traditions and tastes that visitors from miles around come to enjoy.  The historic, water-powered cider mill known for its original vintage equipment is also popular with New York’s foodies.  While apples, cider, cheese and fudge are the Mill’s core products they continually increase the wide variety of specialty foods.  Visitors can enjoy daily tastings of more than 40 specialty foods including barbeque sauces, marinades, salad dressings, syrups, salsas, dip mixes plus apple wines and hard ciders.  Now in their 15th year of ownership Brenda and Bill Michaels have developed the Mill into a food-lovers’ destination through diverse products and programming targeted to creating a flavorful visitor experience.  

New this year is the completed restoration of the water turbine that powers the Mill.  This was the third and most extensive restoration of the turbine works since the Michaels Family purchased the Mill in 1962.  Sourcing the project locally, the Mill contracted with Una-Lam of Sidney to replace the 12-foot tall wooden water silo.  Repair of the Lesner Turbine was performed by Cardish Machine Works of Watervliet.  Cardish re-fabricated the blade assembly and fitted a new drive shaft that powers a series of flat belts that power the press.  During the removal the Mill team seized the opportunity to repair the tank’s foundation base and retaining wall.  A new epoxy liner was installed in the pipe that brings water from the Millpond to the water-tank in which the turbine is located.  

“This restoration project was to-date the largest for our Mill,” says Bill Michaels, Co-owner of the Mill.   “Personally it is very rewarding to have the opportunity to maintain and preserve our historic site for generations to witness cider being made the old-fashioned way.”  The Mill will start pressing fresh cider in the fall but visitors to this week’s opening will be able to taste cider that was pressed in November and frozen for sale this spring and summer.

Returning on April 26th for a second year is the CiderRun which has been expanded to include a 10K as well as the 5K run and 3K walk.  This year’s CiderRun benefits the Otsego and Delaware County Big Buddy mentoring program.  For registration and more race information visit www.delawareopportunities.org.   
 

Note:
The Snack Barn will re-open in late April or early May as weather permits with its famous cider floats and pot roast sandwiches. 
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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