AFTER MORE THAN 100 YEARS of growing apples, family-owned Fishkill Farms has begun producing top quality 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 President Roosevelt. The idea of a treasury speaks to the stewardship involved in planting and tending an orchard; to the cultivation of rare and historic cider apples; and to their transformation into a golden liquid, a year-round source of comfort and vitality.
Today, Henry’s grandson Josh Morgenthau carries on this tradition as a third generation orchardist, and the cider maker behind Treasury Cider. Starting with the belief that outstanding cider is made in the orchard, the apples used in Treasury Cider are grown naturally and are Eco Apple certified. The unique Hudson Valley climate and soils rich in mineral and glacial deposits help them reach their fullest potential. After pressing through a rack and cloth press, they are fermented slowly at cool temperatures to create a character-rich drink, rooted in the American cider- making tradition.
In 2013, Fishkill Farms celebrated its 100th anniversary, and was permanently protected as farmland with support from New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund. Fishkill Farms grows more than 80 varieties of apples, many of them heritage strains passed down by generations of orchardists. The preservation of traditional cider-making apples, many of which have been lost over time, is central to Fishkill Farm’s mission. They are dedicated to safeguarding this precious national resource.
Treasury’s 2016 semi-dry and dry sparkling ciders were made from a base of Jonamac, Golden Delicious, Idared and Empire apples from 50+ year old trees, blended with Goldrush, Liberty and other unique varieties from their younger organic plantings. Their bottle-conditioned and still ciders were produced with heritage varieties such as Esopus Spitzenberg (reputed to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple), Roxbury Russet, Ashmead’s Kernel, Northern Spy, and Cox’s Orange Pippin.
These apples are specifically chosen for the character they add to cider, grown with a minimum of intervention, and picked at peak ripeness. While commercial cider is often made with under-ripe fruit culled from the wholesale supply chain, relying on high levels of sugar and carbonation for its flavor, Treasury Cider is dryer and less carbonated, and like white wine, or champagne, pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods.
9 Fishkill Farm Rd.
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Free – Basic Tasting
Fee – Heirloom Blends