By Diane Urbani de la Paz
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In this, the second annual Farmstead Cider Project, Finnriver plans to make a hard cider “with a community mission,” farm co-owner Crystie Kisler said.
This juice will not only make use of apples that might otherwise have gone to waste, it also will send 10 cents of every bottle sold to the Jefferson County Food Bank Association.
Bitter, bruised, bizarre
“Some apples are just too bitter, bruised or bizarre to eat, but these extra-earthy varieties can make a wonderful hard cider full of complexity and character,” Kisler added.
This community cider will be sold at stores all over the North Olympic Peninsula after the first of the year.
Throughout next week, apples can be brought to Finnriver Farm & Cidery, 62 Barn Swallow Road, and added to the big bin by the barn.
More bins await at the Renaissance cafe in Port Angeles, Alder Wood Bistro in Sequim, The Pourhouse in Port Townsend, the Chimacum Corner Farmstand, the Resort at Port Ludlow and the Quilcene Village Store.
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Finnriver Farm & Cidery, that fruit-rich expanse at 62 Barn Swallow Road, is hosting this outdoor party from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and admission is free. Guests may want to bring cash, though, as abundant food and drink, from the Dented Buoy's wood-fired pizza to the Fireside Grill's baked-apple desserts, will be sold on site.
Apple juices and hot apple “chai-der,” a special blend of Dragonfly Chai and apple juice, also will flow, as will hard-cider sampling in the Finnriver tasting room.
Guests also are invited to bring their mystery apples for “apple ambassadors” Lori Brakken and Drew Zimmerman to identify. Apple ID and tasting will go on all day, naturally.
On Saturday evening, Finnriver will host another event, this time for adults only: a cocktail party featuring “Taste, Temptation & Spells,” a performance exploring the myth, magic and mystery of the apple.
In this gathering, storyteller Brian Rohr of Port Townsend will offer fairy tales, folk tales and myth in Finnriver's outdoor pavilion.
Admission to the gathering from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is $12.50, including cider cocktails and apple treats.
“Our goal is to create a great community event that celebrates the season of autumn, our local agricultural heritage and our regional apple abundance,” said Finnriver co-owner Crystie Kisler.
Here's the schedule of Saturday's World Apple Day activities:
■ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Old-fashioned apple-pressing demonstrations, apple art projects, games, apple identification and tastings; live music by Blue Sol and guests.
■ 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. — Traditional English country dancing with the Sound and Fury dancers.
■ 1:15 p.m. — Sing-along with the PT Songlines Choir.
■ 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. — Brown Farm Antique Apple Orchard tours.
More information about the events and the farm can be found at www.Finnriver.com and 360-732-6822.
Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at email@example.com.