Fishkill Farms is a historic 270 acre orchard and vegetable farm nestled in the enchanting Hudson Valley in East Fishkill, NY. While Fishkill Farms is widely diversified in fruits and vegetables, their specialty remains to be apples. 40 acres of sprawling orchard showcase over 80 varieties of apples including the classics, heirlooms and cider specific apples.
Fishkill Farms prides itself on its holistic farming practices, using eco-friendly and sustainable methods to cultivate a superior crop of apples.
"As farmers, we must balance our roles as stewards of the land, employers and food producers while making advances each season in the direction of better farming"
The orchard is eco-certified by red tomato and 1/3rd of the orchard is certified organic through NOFA NY.
Fishkill Farms has a 300 member CSA and and runs an extensive pick-your-own operation from June to October offering everything from sweet strawberries and juicy peaches, to rich tomatoes and robust leafy greens, all culminating to the pick your-own apple season. Every month the farm hosts exciting events including farm dinners , fruit festivals, tasting fairs, holiday picnics, and bonfires. Their weekly apple harvest festivals in September and October round out the year with live music, cider tastings, hayrides and much more.
Meet The Cider Maker
Josh Morgenthau moved back to the family farm in 2006 when production had dipped to 40 acres of orchard and the land was in dire need of some TLC. Mark Doyle came on as General Manager in 2008, and together they built a talented team which to help put over 100 acres of fallow land back into production.
Josh fermented his first batch of hard cider in his basement in 2007 and it has been an annual tradition since. Continuing to produce a new batch with each year’s harvest, Josh discovered that cider had the potential to be much more than a sweet alternative to beer.
The renaissance in quality, locally produced orchard cider and the discovery of traditional European cider was a revelation. Over the years, he planted acres of heirloom and cider apple varieties in the farm’s orchards to steer it towards the production of a high-quality fermented cider in a traditional style: slow fermentation at cooler fermentations and minimal intervention. Many of these unique varieties came into bearing for the first time in 2015, the concept of Treasury Cider was born, and the first batch was produced for public consumption.
Currently underway are plans for a brand new cidery building that will house fermentation, bottling equipment, plus a tasting room!