Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard opens today for its 158th season.
New this year is a completely restored water turbine that powers the mill. This is the third and most extensive restoration of the turbine since the Michaels family bought the mill in 1962, said Bill Michaels, co-owner of the mill.
Una-Lam of Sidney restored the 12-foot tall wooden water silo and the Lesner Turbine was repaired 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,” Michaels wrote in a media release.
There were also repairs made to the tank’s foundation and retaining wall as well as the pipe that brings water from the millpond to the water tank where the turbine is housed, Michaels said.
Helen Park, the retail manager, discussed the many new products that the mill will feature.
“We’re in very good shape for the new season,” Park said.
There are also new and unique foods for people to try including: new fruit dips, guacamole and hummus, pineapple curd, and a new line of pasta sauces and bruchetta that have wine in them, beer bread mixes in varying flavors, and vodka made from apples.
“Pretty much you name it, we have something for everybody here,” Park said.
There will also be the traditional favorites available such as the cider, cheese, fudge, dips, dip mixes, rubs and marinades, and of course apples.
“When people come they’re ready for their nice fresh apple all over again,” Park said.
The opening falls on the first weekend of spring break for local schools, Michaels said.
“We coincide our opening with spring breaks so a lot of the people who are home from school and want to get out…come over here,” Micheals said. “It should be a good first week for us.”