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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

eric@finnriverfarm.com

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.

Jana Daisy-Ensign

jana@finnriverfarm.com

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.

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

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

Rick de la Tour

Rick de la Tour

Rick, who works in the Tasting Room and on the production crew, grew up in the Lake Tahoe Basin where he learned a deep love of nature. He has since lived in Oregon, British Columbia and now in Chimacum, Washington. He has been a lumberjack, a land surveyor, a wilderness guide, an artist, a musician, an actor and has recently written a series of science fiction novels. He is also the co-author of two herb books with his wife Shatoiya.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Hanging out with the chickens!

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
In a pie with a sprinkling of Huckleberries

Weather condition most like you:
Cool n' Breezy

Krishna Kiger

Krishna Kiger

Krishna Kiger is a PNW lady that loves the vast and varied world of food and beverages. As our Washington Outreach Coordinator she shares the story of our mission with the masses. You will find her pouring cider and sharing the Farm love across the great state we call home. When she's not talking cider she is enjoying time with her awesome husband and adorable son.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The production barn for sure! Always something delicious going on in there!

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
With cheese, nuts and crackers!

Weather condition most like you:
Cloudy, breezy morning that rolls into a sunny, active day.

Synthia Learned

Synthia Learned

 

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The pavilion area at the end of the work day. Love looking out onto the valley, sipping cider, in the company of co-workers.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Sliced and dipped in creamy peanut butter.

Weather condition most like you:
A sunny day surprise hail storm.

James Robinson

James Robinson

James is Finnriver’s tasting room and special events manager and a passionate pursuer of cutthroat trout and all things distilled and fermented.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Late at night, cold, crisp and sliced thin and enjoyed on the couch with my wife.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Sliced and dipped in creamy peanut butter.

Weather condition most like you:
Anticyclonic

Hannah Duffany

Hannah Duffany

Hannah is a recent transplant to Seattle from Massachusetts and a recent addition to the Finnriver Farmers Market Crew. Besides her love of agriculture, environmental education and supporting community food systems, she is an avid hobbyist of fermentation including kombucha, sourdough and home-brewing. Hannah is thrilled to join the Finnriver team and hopes to see you at the market!

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Any place with plants, sunshine and smiles.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Chomping away under the tree it came from.

Weather condition most like you:
A crisp, clear fall day with a sweet breeze and a pastel colored sky.

Anji Cael

Anji Cael

Anji Cael is a host in the tasting room. She was born in Port Townsend and raised on Eaglemount and was inspired by her deep connection with this place to earn and undergraduate degree Environmental Science, and is now pursuing a masters in Public Administration. Anji is passionate about strengthening the relationships between people and places, is an ardent 'foodie', and loves the energy of FinnRiver farm.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The panoramic view of Chimacum Valley from the pavilion.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Straight from the tree, after the first fall frost.

Weather condition most like you:
A Chinook - a warm, dry wind from the mountains!

Stephani Stalcup

Stephani Stalcup

My name is Stephani Stalcup and I will be assisting Jana with Finnriver tasting and events in Portland, Oregon. Most importantly, I get the opportunity to introduce amazing products created by an organic family farm who understand the delicious taste apples in its many forms as well as clean living. Favorite place on the farm: The Tasting Room at Finnriver makes me smile. Its small cozy setting brings people together to enjoy a delicious product and the experience to see firsthand where and who made the product, that's the true experience of knowing and enjoying where your cider comes from.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Other ways I enjoy apples is to either eat them right off the tree or making mini individual apple pies in each apple.

Weather condition most like you:
Weather conditions that describe me would be beautifully sunny with the chance of a refreshing rain burst!

Cameron Denning

Cameron Denning

Cameron has a degree in Music from Oregon State University and spent several years after graduation running a recording studio, playing in ensembles, and setting up sound engineering for live concerts. All the while he worked in horticulture as a steady means of income, and it became his passion. He has had his hands in the soil for 15 years and is always looking forward to the coming of spring and the joy and bounty of life on the farm.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The row of trees that are interplanted with garlic, rhubarb, blueberries, lavender, annual vegetables and innoculated with King Stopharia mushrooms. GO PERMACULTURE!!!!

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Slathered with peanut butter.

Weather condition most like you:
The first rains of fall when you can smell the soil coming back to life.

Marissa Bell

Marissa Bell

Marissa is a Chicago native who recently transplanted to the peninsula after graduating from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with an MBA in Sustainable Business Systems. She loves playing outdoors and being in the water. She splits her time at Finnriver as the office manager, a tasting room host, and working in production.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
In the production barn, listening to the production crew laughing and telling jokes!

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Mom’s homemade apple pie- yum!

Weather condition most like you:
My favorite weather is a light breeze on a summer day, making the leaves in the trees dance and sing.

Emily Hahn

Emily Hahn

Emily Hahn is the Las Vegas brand ambassador. She’s excited to be sharing her love for quality hard cider, which began when she lived in Seattle and tasted Finnriver for the first time at Capitol Cider.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The walk to the salmon stream, all of the plants and animals along the way are the best.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Freshly sliced apples with almond butter.

Weather condition most like you:
A relaxed rainy morning, followed by an afternoon that’s just a little too bright.

Rebecca Byers

Rebecca Byers

 

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Greenhouse (without chickens in it) on a cool, clear winter day. Alone with the dirt and all of its potential.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Bramley's sliced, dried and eaten in the middle of February.

Weather condition most like you:
The eerie hot wind before a storm.

Jason Dalziel

Jason Dalziel

 

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Down near the creek.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Sliced with really good cheese medley.

Weather condition most like you:
A foggy morning.

Stacy Hagen

Stacy Hagen

 

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The picnic table on the far left of the tasting room property next to the apple orchard.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
My grandmothers apple crumble.

Weather condition most like you:
End of summer night with a hint of cold in the air alluding to approaching fall.

Destiny Hightower

Destiny Hightower

Destiny is a navy brat that was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She loves coffee and a good book. She previously was a commercial fisherman and enjoys all things involving the water. She hopes to travel the world but always come back to this wonderful place she calls home.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Among the trees in the orchard, where it all begins.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Sliced with peanut butter.

Weather condition most like you:
Snow on Christmas Day!

Stormy Ganton

Stormy Ganton

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
My favorite smiling place on the farm is down by the creek on the home farm.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
An ideal way to make an apple is in an apple bacon pie with fresh made honey whipping cream covered in a drizzle of salted caramel.

Weather condition most like you:
Hmmmm..... I have been told more than once that I am more a Sunny than a Stormy but I do occasionally live up to my name.

Chris Gunn

Chris Gunn

Chris was born and raised in Port Townsend WA. He loves to listen to and play music, especially with his wife and kids. He feels incredibly blessed to work at Finnriver as part of the cider making crew.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The label room. Always humming with activity and it's warm in the wintertime.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
My Mom's fresh baked apple pie!

Weather condition most like you:
Unfortunately, overcast and cloudy, but I know sunny days are just ahead.

Joe Evans

Joe Evans

Joe is our Cider Garden Events & Celebrations Wizard.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
The Cider Garden in the morning.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Straight from the tree, sliced with a pocket knife.

Weather condition most like you:
Warm summer evening, before the sunset. The balance of light and night.

Justine Gonzalez-Berg

Justine Gonzalez-Berg

Justine has come and gone from Port Townsend since she was a young teen. Finnriver has been a constant thread weaving through her relationship with the Peninsula, beginning when Crystie introduced her to the world of creative writing and culminating in Justine's joining of the Finnriver crew.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Justine loves being down in the trees by the creek on the Finnriver farm- it feels like a vast other world down there, and it always makes her smile--although so does having a bucket of fresh blueberries in her arms.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Her ideal apple is harvested from a tree in a field and enjoyed just like that, while sitting somewhere solitary.

Weather condition most like you:
Justine is most like a gentle summer breeze, that warms you up or cools you down and then continues passing through.