Popular cider mill in Fly Creek to close

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FLY CREEK — A longtime Otsego County tourist attraction, the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, owned and operated by the Michaels family for more than 50 years, will close its doors by the end of the month.

“During the next two weeks, our remaining inventory will be highly discounted and we encourage everyone to stock up on their favorite flavors of the mill,” said owner William Michaels in a statement.

The inventory reduction sale applies to Mill Store purchases only and excludes eCommerce sales. The closing is at least partially due to loss of business during the COVID-19 pandemic, the statement added.

“As the recovery from the pandemic progresses we will re-assess our position,” Michaels said. “We appreciate all of your support over the years. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and please stay safe.”

The cider mill was initially founded in the mid 19th century.

The mill pressed apples until the 1950s. After Charlie and Barbara Michaels bought the property in 1962, they replanted the orchard, began pressing their own cider, and over time developed the property into a regional attraction. Their son Bill and wife Brenda have operated it in recent years.

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