With a history that dates back to 1863, Yates Grist Mill opened its doors beside the rapidly flowing water of the "then" Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal. Amidst the beautiful countryside of Rochester, Michigan the memories began in full bloom.
The Clinton River cascades over the Yates Dam, which supplies the headwaters to power the mill. The Dam was built to create a stream that the Mill uses for waterpower.
By 1876, the Yates family installed a cider press. They incorporated their cider press into the existing water-powered process and began producing delicious Michigan cider. It then became known as Yates Cider Mill.
Did you know that the taste and color of cider varies over the course of the fall season? As each week passes, different cider flavors can be blended to round-out the taste. By mid-October, as many as six different varieties of apples are combined!