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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.

Tassie likes to wear many different hats: she coordinates events in the summer, makes cider in the winter, pops into the tasting room when it gets busy, and farms a little all year round. She loves music, food, plants, and friends.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Picnic table in front of kitchen cabin

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Barry

Matthew Barry

Matthew Barry, Finnriver's California Outreach Representative, live in the East Bay just north of Berkeley with his partner Amanda and their dog Jade. He is a passionate cider and beer drinker (among other delicious libations) who wants to improve and work towards a more sustainable and eco-happy craft beverage industry. He loves working with Finnriver because they echo these beliefs and back up it up 100% in the beautiful cider they make.

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
I need to travel up there to find it! Hopefully this summer or fall.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
Freshly dropped from the tree, found on a walk around the orchard in the fall.

Weather condition most like you:
Bright and sunny with a strong gusty wind coming off the bay so you have to keep your flannel long-sleeve on, but rolled up to the elbows.

Erin Lannon

Erin Lannon

Erin is a transplant to Washington by way of southern California. A lover of strong coffee, a good book, and all things Halloween related, she is enjoying exploring, adventuring and creating a life in the great Pacific Northwest. She's a self proclaimed "hostess with the mostest" and you can find her in the Pavilion on Sunday's with Dented Buoy pizza in one hand and our very own delicious Finnriver Cider in the other. Come say hi!

Place on the farm that makes you smile:
Hanging on a sunny patch of grass near the piglets while they roll around in the mud.

Ideal way to enjoy an apple (other than cider):
In pie of course!

Weather condition most like you:
An evening in late summer with a full moon rising and warm winds blowing.

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

Orchard Manager

Willy Dressler

Willy Dressler

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!