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Looking Back on My Month at Finnriver Farm and Cidery

Shortly before I returned to Seattle I spoke with Jeff and Janet (pictured in the upper right), who are partners and manage the day-to-day operation of the farm, about what makes Finnriver so unique. “It takes a lot of people with different backgrounds to make a farm a business and a community,” Janet explained. “It’s [More]

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Producing Artisanal Hard Cider: Interview with Keith Kisler

I’ve worked along Keith Kisler at Finnriver, helping produce artisanal hard cider for most of my month on the farm. OK, well I’m not making the cider, but rather assisting with bottling and other tasks that I cannot turn into a catastrophe. Working on the line also gives me a chance to learn more about [More]

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Harbinger Winery Makes A Blend Like No Other

I pulled into Harbinger Winery in Port Angeles, WA after a morning of cider deliveries for Finnriver. Immediately, I was struck by the tasting room atmosphere, which reminded me of a cool rec room. Mismatched seating, a kayak, paintings, and random esoterica? Check. And how many wineries have you been to in a converted logging [More]

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Finnriver Farm in Pictures: Before and After the Snow

I put together a photo essay for Foodista, inspired by how the snow at Finnriver Farm and Cidery has transformed the landscape. 0

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Images from Finnriver Farm and Cidery at the Halfway Point

I’m about halfway through my month here at Finnriver and I”m looking back on some of my favorite images and memories so far. This second half will be spent telling you about the great people I’ve been spending a lot of time with here. It’s been a pleasure getting to know Keith, Crystie, Jeff, and [More]

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A Cider for Beer Lovers on a Sunny Day at Finnriver Farm

I have a secret to tell you about Finnriver Farm in January. It’s not all gray clouds and rain. Sometimes the sun makes an appearance. (Maybe a brief appearance, but let’s enjoy this moment in the sun, ok?) And in dramatic fashion. There is nothing more satisfying then emerging from your cabin in the morning… [More]

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Winter Blueberry Maintenance at Finnriver Farm

On a late August visit to Finnriver Farm and Cidery I viewed an abundance of blueberries. But when winter comes, a lot of work goes into making sure a bounty of berries are available in the warmer months. Here’s what blueberry bushes look like in the winter: Though barren, I actually find them quite attractive. [More]

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A Spirited Day at Finnriver Farm and a Wine to Match

My first day at Finnriver Farm was full of hard work (well, for a soft-handed city boy) but very rewarding. I’m already fond of the chickens and their unbridled enthusiasm for being fed. And during morning egg collection (some of them still warm), I was surprised at how many I gathered even though winter production [More]

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