Tours & Learning
With all of the excitement about cider, lots of folks are calling and stopping by to learn about cidermaking and orcharding. We are very happy to see the cider revival taking root and want to help direct people to good resources and encourage a bountiful cider culture. Since Finnriver is a dynamic family business and we are always juggling apples (and little kids and busted tractors and bins of bottles and farm events etc.) we are not generally available for in-person 'how to' appointments. However, here are some great options for learning more:
Anyone and everyone is most welcome to visit our Tasting Room, open daily from 12-5, for a cider & wine tasting and the opporunity to view the production barn. We kindly ask that you do not attend a tasting with the expectation of getting detailed 'how to' questions answered. If you have follow-up questions specific to production or orcharding, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll do his best to provide a timely and helpful response. Or, see below about summer weekend production tours.
For more in depth learning and professional instruction, the Northwest Ag Business Center, home of the Northwest Cider Association, is setting up all sorts of great classes about cider production and apple trees, which you can learn about here.
Drew Zimmerman, retired founder of Red Barn Cidery, is available for consulting on orchards and cidermaking. Contact him at 206-321-9424.
Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education, working with various industry representatives has put together a hybrid online and onsite workshop to walk new cidermakers or those considering starting a cidery, through the basics of creating a cider business plan, understanding market feasibility, ingredient sourcing and equipment, local and national regulations, distribution and marketing. Registration is open now. To find out more visit https://pace.oregonstate.edu/ciderystartup
The WSU Extenstion in Mount Vernon is also a hotbed of cider tree research and you can learn more about their porograms here: http://extension.wsu.edu/maritimefruit/pages/cider.aspx
Each Fall, we usually offer a Home Cider Making class through CedarRoot Folk School. Learn more about their workshops in 'traditional and rural living skills.'
Finally, we are planning to offer one hour production & orchard tours on summer weekends beginning June 2014. These will be geared for the general public, with a historical and technical overview and a chance to see and sip behind the scenes. We'll post the schedule when we have it ready.