2005: Robert Swanson, the owner of The Hard-Pressed Cider Company, LLC, first started experimenting in college with his friends using his uncle's old cider press.
2011: Rob drew up a business plan, signed his life away to the bank, bought and designed a cider trailer, and started pressing cider at different local orchards each weekend in the fall.
2014: The Hard-Pressed Cider Company, LLC decided to be stationary at Windmist Farm, pressing and selling cider on Saturdays.
2015: Introduced cider doughnuts - HUGE hit!
2016: Open on Sundays, too! Rhode Island Monthly published an article on their website about us! Check it out here.
Edible Rhody published an article in their December issue on us and also featured a video of us on their website. See it here.
2017: We have gotten so many amazing mentions this year from our friends at Rhode Island Monthly. We made their Fall Bucket List and their 5 Places To Get Cider Doughnuts.
Only in Rhode Island featured us for a Perfect Fall Day Trip and they also published a great little write up on the farm and our Charming Cider Mill!
SO Rhode Island gave our "Serious Cider Doughnuts" a mention in their November issue.
2018: Our best season yet despite some tough weather on weekends! Hey Rhody wrote a great article How About Them Apples? We were nominated as one of the 6 Places in Rhode Island to Get Your Cider Donut Fix This Fall and we scored a page in RI Monthly's November magazine issue. Check out the article Making Cider Doughnuts with Hard-Pressed Cider Co. We also made it into the RI Donut Trail!
2019: In April we bought a farm in West Greenwich!! We are working on cleaning it up and hope to soon start planting our own apple trees and work towards building a cidery (long-term plans).
2020: The year of COVID... things looked a bit different this year. No live pressings or tables to sit at, but there was still fresh cider and doughnuts with 6ft distancing! We also planted 330 cider apple trees at our farm in West Greenwich and welcomed our baby girl in April!
2021: COVID continues but this year we are opening on Fridays (at Windmist Farm only) for the first time! We planted around 300 trees again this year at our farm in West Greenwich and will have a small harvest from the trees we planted last year!
Labor Day - Thanksgiving:
71 Weeden Lane
Jamestown, RI 02835
(Also open Holiday Mondays 10-2)
Thanksgiving - Christmas:
Friday 11/25/2022 through Sunday 12/18/2022
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION
The Farmer's Daughter Garden Center
716 Mooresfield Road
South Kingstown, RI 02879
Located on Route 138 between Rt 1 and URI
Robert and Jaclyn Swanson, Owners