Treasury Cider is a tree-to-bottle hard cider produced by Fishkill Farms at their century-old family orchard. They use a mix of heirloom, bittersweet and dessert apples that are cultivated, pressed and fermented with care to produce each batch of hard cider. Every ingredient is grown or wild foraged on the farm and fermented traditionally to produce delicate ciders akin to dry and sparkling white wines.
After over 100 years of growing apples, in 2015 family-owned Fishkill Farms began producing hard cider called Treasury to invoke the spirit of the farm’s founder, Henry Morgenthau Jr., who served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under Roosevelt. It is also a nod to the historic American cider cellars which, like treasuries, served as year-round sources of comfort and vitality for the families and communities in their area.
Today, Henry’s grandson Josh Morgenthau carries on this tradition as a third generation orchardist and the cidermaker behind Treasury Cider. Starting with the belief that outstanding cider is made in the orchard, the apples used in Treasury Cider are chosen for the character they add to cider, grown with minimal intervention, eco-certified, and harvested at peak ripeness. The Hudson Valley climate and rich glacial soils yield unique, site-specific flavors to their cider.
Local Purveyors: Production of Treasury Cider starts and ends on-site at Fishkill Farms. We grow, harvest, press, ferment and bottle our cider all on our Farm. We only use ingredients grown or foraged on our farm.
Production Methods: Our cider-making starts with our trees, some of which are well over a half-century old. We tend them with the minimum of intervention possible, combining organic and eco-certified methods when necessary to keep them healthy and productive. We grow over 100 varieties —some modern, some heirloom, and some European bittersweet. We pick the apples as late as possible to allow more flavor to develop, then press them in small batches using a traditional rack and cloth press. With the help of some new stainless steel tank, oak barrels and a "new to us" bottling line, we now bottle and ferment all of our cider in-house. The fermentation progresses slowly through the winter at cool temperatures until the spring, when after some aging, the single batches come together to form our blends. Unlike commercial cider, which is often made with under-ripe fruit and over-sweetened with sugar, Treasury Ciders are dryer and less carbonated, and pair wonderfully with a variety of foods.
Treasury’s latest releases were made with the 2017 crops. They are a mix of apples like Jonamac and Golden Delicious which grow on 50-year old trees, and newer organic plantings of heirloom and cider varieties, including Roxbury Russet, Esopus Spitzenberg, Ashmead’s Kernel, Northern Spy and Goldrush. Each of the five bottlings showcases a unique blend of fruit and a particular cider-making process. Homestead is a traditional off-dry sparkling cider.
Wiccopee, Burr Knot, Centennial and Counterpane are dry, unfiltered ciders fermented with native yeasts, and bottle conditioned in small batches before aging 4-6 months before release. Wiccopee is made from a mix of 100% organic apples, producing a rustic dry farmhouse-style cider. Burr Knot’s mix of crab apples and heirloom apples gives it spicy, complex notes; Centennial, the fullest bodied cider blends a mix of with Roxbury Russet, Ashmead’s Kernel and Golden Russet aged in stainless steel and oak to create an elegant and highly aromatic offering. Finally, Counterpane is a rosy-hued cider made by co-fermenting Fishkill Farm’s sweet and tart cherries with high acid dessert apples.
Tasting Room: Yes
Visiting Hours: Treasury Cider Garden: June-October Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM-6 PM, Farm Store Tastings: June-December: 11AM-5:30PM, daily January-May Tastings: Friday & Saturday from 11 AM-5 PM & Sunday from 11 AM-3 PM;
Where to Find our Products: The best place to find all of our bottlings is at our Farm Store or Treasury Cider Garden located at Fishkill Farms at 9 Fishkill Farm 9 Rd. Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 We also bring bottles of our cider to our farmers markets listed here: TARRYTOWN/SLEEPY HOLLOW Saturdays 8:30am-2pm, May 25th 2019 through November Patriots Park, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
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