Katie's Travels: Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard

"I stand holding the apple in both hands. It feels precious, like a heavy treasure. I lift it up and I smell it. It has an odour of outdoors that I want to cry." Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace

Before going back to campus Tuesday afternoon, I took a trip with my mom to Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard near Cooperstown, NY! I visited last year with a few of my girl friends to go apple picking, but we got there to realize that there wasn't a section there to do that (oops). We still had a lot of fun though, and so I decided to have my mom go with me since this is my last fall here in Oneonta before graduating.

It was such a nice day when we went! Plus, the time of day didn't make it crowded like the last time I visited. My mom and I were able to enjoy the views and shop around without all of the commotion.

I think my favorite part about visiting is the ducks.

They recently remodeled the inside of the store! The last time I was here, it was super crowded and not well-arranged. It felt like you were moving down an assembly line as you tried each sample. My mom and I were able to walk around to each section and browse leisurely.

They added a learning center during the construction! Now people of all ages can interact with displays to learn about apples, the environment, and their processes.

Of course, we ended up buying some food there. It was too delicious, how couldn't we?! I picked up some port wine cheddar spread and a jar of Apple Butter (sooo good on bagels and toast instead of sugary jelly at the store). My mom ended up grabbing some fresh apples to eat back at home on Long Island.

It was safe to say she had a memorable first time at Fly Creek Cider Mill.

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard is open currently in Fly Creek, NY, just outside of Cooperstown! It's a great place for all ages to learn, shop and explore the little area! Be sure to check out the website for their hours and activities!