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 will look a bit different this year. No live pressings or tables to sit at, but there will still be fresh cider and doughnuts with 6ft distancing!
2020 Hours and Locations:
September 5th until November 22nd:
71 Weeden Lane
Jamestown, RI 02835
November 28th until December 20th:
From Thanksgiving to Christmas we are located at The Farmer's Daughter's Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farm located right off of Route 138 (Mooresfield Road) on Broad Rock Road. If you are heading west on Rt 138 towards URI from Route 1, it is the next left after you pass The Farmer's Daughter's regular garden center (716 Mooresfield Rd, Wakefield, Rhode Island).
Robert and Jaclyn Swanson, Owners