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Finnriver Crew

Crystie Kisler

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Crystie Kisler

Crystie Kisler, co-founder of Finnriver, is a contemporary farmwife with a passion for reconnecting people to wild and working land. She met her farm-raised husband working in the mountains of Yosemite and they decided to pursue a rooted life together on the land in his home state of Washington. Crystie is Finnriver's storyteller and loves sharing the tale of why we farm and ferment on this good, green earth.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The big table in the pavilion where the crew eats lunch together

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Sliced, at midnight, with a side of cheese and a bowl of popcorn

Weather condition most like you:
A rainbow in the distance when it's still sort of raining but the colors come through and you think, "Oh, maybe it's going to clear up!"

Keith comes from a family farm in eastern Washington via college in Boulder, Colorado and a few years at the Yosemite Institute in California, where he taught environmental science, climbed mountains, and met his lovely wife and co-conspirator Crystie Kisler. He is a Finnriver co-owner who spends his days doing orchard management, fruit sourcing, farming, fixing, and enjoying the efficient, happy hum of cider production.

 

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Bottom fields looking toward mountains

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
sliced with popcorn and sharp cheese

Weather condition most like you:
autumn 63F sunny

Eric Jorgensen

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Eric Jorgensen

Eric Jorgensen, Finnriver Cidery co-founder, is a school teacher turned cider maker who lives in the fantastic Chimacum Valley with wife Abby and two beautiful daughters Claire and Stella. Spends as much time as possible outdoors, playing music, gathering seafood and mushrooms, herding bees, and growing fruit in his garden. In the cidery, Eric is the mathemagician and business manager.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The pavillion

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Dipped in cinnamon and sauteed in butter.

Weather condition most like you:
Sunny with gusts of wind.

 

Born and raised in Jefferson County, Janet has found a happy home for herself growing produce and meat in Chimacum. She wears many hats on the farm including farm manager, butcher, tasting room host, cidery production crew and more. She likes good food and good company and is lucky to have a life full of both.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:

In the restoration area looking back up the hill at the farm (or really in the blueberries with a big mouth full)

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):

Fresh off the tree

Weather condition most like you: Morning fog, clearing into a sunny day

 

A true middle brother, Jeff is the farm critic and trash talker. But he also has a big heart, loves this land and the people on it. You can find him on the tractor, cleaning up everyone else’s messes, in his pottery studio, playing whiffle ball, and getting s*!t done.

Place on the farm that makes you smile: Anywhere in the blueberries, on foot or on tractor

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):

Fresh off the tree

Weather condition most like you: Clear starry night

Andrew is Finnriver's cidermaker, as well as a culinary botanist with a passion for the forest, the orchard and the balance.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The Hall of Tanks

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Solstice Apple Butter on December 21st. Slow cooked down in a copper kettle, applewood fire for heat and smokey flavor. Start at 7 am, jar it up when it is too cold to stand in the dark any more.

Weather condition most like you:
High pressure.

Chester Georgi-Densmore

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Chester Georgi-Densmore

Chester Georgi-Densmore grew up in northern California playing soccer and exploring the mountains and beaches whenever possible. After marrying his college sweetheart, together they moved to Seattle where they continue to explore mountains and beaches whenever possible. They have settled nicely into their urban home with two dogs, four chickens, and a garden.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The Picnic area with a fresh slice of wood-fire pizza and Farmstead Cider in hand, gazing over the kale fields north up center valley towards the cattle pasture.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Sliced thin and added to a grilled cheese sandwich

Weather condition most like you:
A cool breeze on a warm day

Jana Daisy-Ensign

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Jana Daisy-Ensign

Jana Daisy-Ensign has a deep seeded love of craft beverages and modern farm life. She gathered years of experience in craft beverage sales and distribution before finding her perfect role, as Finnriver's West Coast Apple Ambassador. Jana is thrilled to be part of the exciting cider revival currently afoot and adores all things fermented.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
the bustling, lively tasting room

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
freshly cut, paired with cheese, shared with laughter

Weather condition most like you:
A crisp, bright Autumn day, when change is in the air.

Tassie Mardikes thought she would be in Chimacum for just three months to do a farming internship, and has now been here for over three years and is the Finnriver Tasting Room manager. She is channelling all of her energy toward an attempt at reinventing American culture in a way that pays homage to some of its most beautiful roots and traditions but demands people become smarter in how they live together and take care of this beautiful planet. She is thankful to all her teammates, because it is going to take a lot of us to accomplish such a thing!

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Deep in the blueberries

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Early in the morning before coffee while standing by the kitchen sink: cold, freshly washed, and quartered

Weather condition most like you:
Dry days with intense sunlight and cool breezes

Erin - recently returned to Chimacum from a season of commercial fishing in her native Alaska - joins the Finnriver crew to combine creative forces with Tassie as Tasting Room Manager. Having arrived in Chimacum two years ago to work as a field crew at Red Dog Farm (just down the street) and then later to be part of the dynamic staff of folks at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand, Erin feels blessed to be connected with and surrounded by a community of people who care deeply about their food and the land.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The sloping green hills dotted with red buildings against the blue sky! Ooo-eee! What a sight!

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Usually chilled, sliced and accompanied by sticks of sharp cheese - eaten straight off the cutting board. Throw in a few multigrain crackers and an IPA and you have the perfect snack!

Weather condition most like you:
Just after an afternoon rain when the sun comes out. The air is calm and the trees, grass, and mud puddles are sparkling. The sun makes the greens POP and the colors are so intense against that blue-gray sky!

Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell works on the Cidery production crew and splits his time between the surf and sun and a small rancho in Baja, and on the farm at Finnriver. He and his family embrace the abundance and friends on both ends of the migration. Dave has a passion for the outdoors, quality honest work, growing good veggies, and playing music.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The inside of a fermentation tank

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
The moment right before picking it

Weather condition most like you:
Warm vermillion sky at sunset

Patrick Ryland

Patrick Ryland

Patrick Ryland was born in Texas, raised in Virginia and his heart is in the Northwest. He's learning how to live and how to farm from the folks at Finnriver.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Old apple orchard

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Fresh, bigger bites that I can chew

Weather condition most like you:
Clear, moony nights

Sam Dressler

Sam Dressler

Sam works on the Cidery production crew. He was born in Wisconsin, but raised down the road in Quilcene. He is a self-taught brewer converted to cidermaker. He is married with two great kids.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
On a throne of kegs in the walk-in cooler

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Crushed and fermented

Weather condition most like you:
Mostly sunny with a chance of rain

Lara Scudder

Lara Scudder

A native Tennessean, Lara made the move north this summer from Oregon to live on the Olympic Peninsula. With a background in farming, Lara has a great appreciation for processing the bounty that the earth can provide. Lara considers herself a cider elf these days, and loves the mad science aspect of fermentation...and the heavy lifting.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The blueberries!

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
sliced, with nut butter smeared all over it

Weather condition most like you:
blustery, with dazzling sun breaks! ha!

James Staley

James Staley

James Staley is a philodendron born in the inferno of the dessert. Inventor of the color green, I have a lust for life, a passion for pommes and a fervor for flora. When I am not herding the trees in the orchard, I keep the cider flowing in the barn.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Depending upon the season, the large maple overlooking the valley, or hidden deep in the blueberry bog.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
With peanut butter, of course. Classic! Although apple fritters are a close second.

Weather condition most like you:
Maybe not like me, but I like misty mornings with afternoon brilliance and evening showers.

Danielle Holland

Danielle Holland

Danielle Holland represents Finnriver in the Tasting Room! Outside of the farm, she is passionately building and cultivating sustainable communities of collaboration though yoga events and social action. Danielle enjoys exploring the gorgeous Olympic Peninsula and all of its treasures with her hubby and son.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
wandering through the blueberries

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
sliced thin with sunflower seed butter and local honey

Weather condition most like you:
eye of the storm

Matt Cittadini

Matt

Matt originally spawns from New Hampshire and arrived on the Olympic Peninsula via Portland. At Finnriver he tends to the needs of the orchard but can also be found digging holes, using a jack hammer, or workingon the production crew. On his down time he enjoys various outdoor pursuits, home projecting, cooking great meals, and the occasional trip to the movies.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The Orchard

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
At the top of a mountain pass standing over my bike.

Weather condition most like you:
Cool and Breezy

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

 

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The tasting room is my favorite place because it's warm and welcoming and smells really nice. Either that or the fermentation barn because that's where the magic happens

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
I really like just chomping into a nice crisp apple, either that or NSA cider pie!

Weather condition most like you:
I'm like one of those indecisive weather days. Maybe I'll be dark and stormy in the morning but finish the day with surprise sun shine and an amazing sunset

Dana Yeakel

Dana Yeakel

A native of the Pacific Northwest (although she was born on Maui), Dana is the office magician. She enjoys getting her hands dirty, frolicking in the sunshine (that's the Maui talking) and dancing whenever the spirit moves her. She lives with her husband and two children in Quilcene.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Getting lost deep in the blueberry fields, close enough to hear the bubbling creek

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Right off the tree, late in the afternoon on a warm Fall day

Weather condition most like you:
The quietness of an early summer sunrise - with the promise of warmth

Lauren Gross

Lauren Gross

After getting my degree in Food Science from Oregon State, I took a job developing food products for start-up and medium-sized food businesses. I then decided to go exploring in France and ended up staying in Europe for 6 years (mostly France, the Netherlands, and Denmark). Since coming back home to Portland, I have drifted, quite intentionally, back into fermentation. I love connecting with people and introducing them to great products. My role as part of Finnriver Portland Crew is to host tastings and spread Finnriver love.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Animals! I love giving the pigs a little scratch and throwing the stick for the dogs. I also love the tasting room :)

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Homemade apple butter on a cracker

Weather condition most like you:
Crisp, clear, late-spring day. The spring green is still on the trees and that "get out and do stuff" energy is in the air.

Lindsay Rebecca Scalf

Lindsay Rebecca Scalf

Lindsay was born on Eaglemount and raised near Anderson Lake. She returned to the motherland after pursuing her studies and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger and Burkina Faso. She takes great pride in representing Finnriver at the Port Townsend Farmers Market.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Astride the bridge looking over a lively, salmon-bearing Chimacum Creek.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
My grandmother's "Northwest Apple Pudding"

Weather condition most like you:
The syrupy sunlight after a Harmattan windstorm.

Keely Peters

Keely Peters

 

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Looking out over the valley from the flower garden. That is the place on the farm that makes me smile.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Watching the apple trees change from knobbly and bare into budding into blossoming into heavy with fruit.

Weather condition most like you:
A sunny, windy Fall day.

Pippin

Pippin

Woof!

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The antique green chair in the tasting room or the farmers' porch

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
When it's tossed in the air

Weather condition most like you:
Woof!