2012 was one of the worst years on record for cider mills around New York State. Fortunately, the apple crop is back to normal and one mill in the North Country couldn't be happier. YNN's Brian Dwyer reports.
BURRVILLE, N.Y. -- Sandy Griffin and her husband are big fans of the Burrville Cider Mill. The pair drive more than one hour from Syracuse to visit the mill several times each year.
"He loves it and stuff like that. He drinks its every night, twice per day sometimes," said Sandy.
Last year, the Griffins had to pay more money for less cider. A late season freeze killed the apple crop and caused prices to climb. The Burrville Cider Mill would have had to charge $10 per gallon of apple cider. However, the owner refused to do that.
"Break even. That wasn't making a profit. It was break even on cider last year. It was pretty crazy," said Tina Steiner, Burrville Cider Mill owner.
Steiner thought about shutting down for the year, but ultimately decided to make half gallons and charge $5. She couldn't imagine disappointing her loyal customers if she had shut down last year.
"The building is 212 years old. It's a big tradition. It's very family oriented, the atmosphere. Everyone's been coming here since they were kids," noted Steiner.
One year can certainly make a difference. The crop from 2013 is back to normal, and people are taking advantage of the cheaper cider prices. Gallons are back on the shelves and are selling for just over $5. Burrville Cider Mill's donuts and fudge are selling quick too.
Now, customers are making up for lost time.
Steiner said, "We've had major record days. We've had lines out the door trying to get in on weekends. Weekdays have been busy too. It's exciting."
According to the Steiner's, 1946 was the last time there was a frost like the one in 2012. Now, the owners remain hopeful the next late freeze won't happen for another 67 years.