Our fresh-pressed apples are from New Jersey and other nearby states – not China, where many “ciders” get their concentrate. This not only gives Ironbound Hard Cider its bold, fresh taste, but it also supports our local network of family farms. Back in the day, New Jersey was famous for its cider. Even George Washington knew it as the “champagne of ciders.” To learn more about our mission to restore Jersey cider to its former glory, please take a look at this great article in Edible Jersey.
Today, some farmers still think it’s perfectly okay to grow apples by dumping a ton of pesticides and other chemicals on their orchards. This leads to dead soil, polluted water, and unhealthy trees. That’s why we’re messing around with what we call “regenerative agriculture” practices at our orchards in the New Jersey Highlands. We’re regenerating the soil, the trees, and the entire farm ecosystem. And in doing so, we seem to be regenerating ourselves at the same time. To learn more about our farm and our crew, check out our sister company New Ark Farms.