I’m still catching up on the report of my Jefferson County foodshed tour on Halloween Sunday. Last stop of the day was Finn River Fram. This diversified small farm includes blueberries, grains, and cider. We arrived during one of Crystie Kisler’s cidery tours. She told us we’d driven through their orchard on the way into the farm, although we probably hadn’t recognized it, as it is composed of small espaliered trees which give small sour fruit not for eating but for making cider.
I have rather a big personality among quiet soft spoken farming folk, and I’m afraid I made a fool of myself again. When I commented on the outdoor oven, Crystie mentioned Finnriver was considering holding a how-to-make-an-outdoor-oven workshop next summer, whereupon I whooped aloud. I would love an outdoor oven!
I wandered around taking photos of the blueberry fields while Ted tasted cider. When I left the farm I carried away cider as well as sacks of grain and flour to stash in the pantry. This farm is the closest to my house that provides wheat and grain.
Speaking of the younger generation of farmers, Crystie mentioned the WSU station in Mount Vernon kicks out dozens of students each year who stop by the farm looking for a place to apprentice to learn the trade. This is a hopeful sign for the future of local food.
If I lived in Chimacum I could have a three mile diet. The valley’s agriculture is alive and well, thriving with young farmers. Finnriver accepts visitors on weekend afternoons. Combined with a visit to nearby Port Townsend it’s a lovely day trip from Seattle or Kitsap.