Farmwife Diaries RSS Feed for the Finnriver Farmwife Diaries Copyright Finnriver CGFeedMaker 1.0.17 on CMS Made Simple ( ) RSS Feed for the Finnriver Farmwife Diaries Farmwife Diaries Ode to the Orchard, 3/15 Ode to the Orchard, 3/15 It's turning time time for our latitude to lean into the light Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:05:00 -0700 Finnriver Farmstead Fermenting Friendship With spring, we set our fermentations free!  The 2015 Farmstead is bottled and ready to fly and this Finnriver flagship is a proper story in a bottle.   Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:17:00 -0700 Finnriver Fire Barrel Harvest The ruminations of winter come to an end  in the cidery with some bright sunny days, but the cold nights still slow fermentations and steady the path to aromatic profiles. This week we pulled from their respective whiskey barrels the... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:00:00 -0700 Ode to the Orchard, 2/15 Ode to the Orchard, 2/15 Upon the occasion of the orchard planting party Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:04:00 -0800 Orchard Odes, 1/15 An ode is an 'often ceremonious lyric poem' that speaks to its subject and celebrates a person or place or occasion.  An ode, in the old days, was meant to be sung.    This year, I will celebrate the Finnrier... Sun, 04 Jan 2015 20:17:00 -0800 December Cider Light December is in the finish. Each of the cider projects started in October and November are moving from their primary fermentation onto each next step, some wines are polished, some wines are blended and set to mature-- the rush is over.... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:19:00 -0800 Harvest in Full The end of Fall is super full. Tanks are full, the press is full, the barrels are full, our parking lot is full of apple bins, our minds are full of possibilities. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:06:00 -0700 Bluebundance It’s been a bright, bountiful summer and yet, with a slight tilting of the earth, it seems to be quickly falling into a new season.  This is a wool sweater morning.  The sky is cloudy and concerned.  The calendar is... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:19:00 -0700 Harbor Pirate Cocktail Harbor Pirate Cocktail Mon, 19 May 2014 19:16:00 -0700 Finnriver Honey Meadow Polenta Cake with Cider Honey Syrup & Cider Rhubarb Compote Finnriver Honey Meadow Polenta Cake with Cider Honey Syrup & Cider Rhubarb Compote Fri, 02 May 2014 09:45:00 -0700 Spring is a Green Sea I have a dear friend and cherished mentor whose illness has become more aggressive recently and I wanted to offer her my attention and love from the farm.  I thought to send her ‘moments’ that I spent still this Spring,... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 06:49:00 -0700 Finnriver Fire Barrel Caramelized Onion & Apple Quesadilla Finnriver Fire Barrel Caramelized Onion & Apple Quesadilla Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:23:00 -0800 A Toast to the Trees, Wassail 2014 I have always loved trees; have always found them to be honorable role models and comforting neighbors.  And for 8 years now, since I did my first research on old European agricultural and orchard festival traditions, I have been inspired... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:04:00 -0800 Coyote & Coho and the Call of Affection On this merry Christmas morning, after the kids gorged on gifts and games, we all walked down to the creek to see if we could see a salmon.  ‘Tis the season of the Coho-ho-ho migration and catching sight of a... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:16:00 -0800 Hot Times in the Brambles Hot Times in the Brambles Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:06:00 -0800 The Dark Forest The Dark Forest Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:04:00 -0800 Bonfire in the Orchard Bonfire in the Orchard Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:56:00 -0800 Tears, Fears and Cheers I pull back the curtain this morning hoping for snow.  The sad and bad news of the last few days has had me heartsick and I wanted to see the world purified with a dousing of cold, white crystals.  As... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:05:00 -0800 The Wool To Live Today is my birthday and I am wearing my gift: a new-old wool dress, made of swaths of recycled merino wool sweaters sewn together in a garment of great comfort and color by my friend, seamstress of the stars, Kerry... Sat, 08 Dec 2012 15:35:00 -0800 Full of Fall On this equinox of 2012, I feel the earth turn and look up. The ridge is suddenly autumn-colored, a mosaic of heat-sapped greens and golds.  On a few trees, the leaf tips are reddening, the gothic fingertips of boughs.   The... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:58:00 -0700 Cider Batches 712, 812, 912 Cider Batches 712, 812 and 912...Summer is the blink of an apple's eye! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:21:00 -0700 Dream Come True, in Blue In the blueberry field this morning with my 4 year old boy, I say, “Did you know there is a star in the center of the berry?” I show him the starry perforated pattern at the juncture where the berry... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 02:44:00 -0700 Finnriver Pear Cake Finnriver Pear Cake by Kris Slack Wed, 01 Aug 2012 09:26:00 -0700 Green-feeling & Dandelion-grazing, otherwise known as Mirth on Earth Just when you think the world cannot get any greener around here…spring comes. Green is the defining color of our physical space on the farm, so much so that I wonder how the colors of the world around us shape... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 01:09:00 -0700 Batch 612 Batch #612 are the June bottled ciders...more to come! Fri, 22 Jun 2012 01:01:00 -0700