The rigors of the job! Had the great joy of meeting up with Susan of the Cocoa Forge in Port Townsend yesterday to explore Finnriver pairings of her stoneground, bean-to-bar artisan chocolates. Experiencing the range of flavors in her extensive array of chocolates was a revelation...both for my physical senses (of pleasure) and for my understanding of the global diversity of cacao trees. And how the experience of eating chocolate — like eating anything— can be an intentional and intimate connection to the breathtaking, mouthwatering and dazzling diversity on earth. And ultimately how considering our cacao sources can be a way to protect and enhance that diversity. All of which reminds me very much of our mission here and our relationship to apples and cider... So we encourage you to come see us in February when we start featuring our thoughtful pairings of Cocoa Forge and Finnriver! We’re planning an array of LOVE-ly events for February including a Valentines dinner special, a series of hands-on workshops (for bath salts, love letters, mulled spice mix and more) that we’re calling ‘Lovecraft’, and chocolate pairings and confections flights. More on that soon...💜 Meanwhile, the Cocoa Forge website (thecocoaforge.com) has wonderful background information about Susan’s ‘reverently processed’ chocolates and her relationships to heirloom and micro-scale cacao farms around the world. She also links to the heirloom cacao preservation organization @heirloomcacao and the ‘cacao by sail’ Ceiba initiative in progress for carbon negative marine freight @ceiba_sailcargo. Very wonderful to meet you and your marvelous chocolates @terrusky! #finnriver #thecocoaforge
Sky, trees, grass, bell...
Finnriver is open today — 12-9pm— with respect and gratitude for the justice work and profound human legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we seek to cultivate more racial equity and thriving diversity in our own rural community, we support the efforts of the Jefferson County Anti-Racist Fund. Finnriver will donate $1 to JCARF for every drink sold today. You can learn more about the Jefferson County Anti-Racist Fund at our monthly ‘Thirsty for Change’ events on the third Thursdays or at @jeffersoncountyantiracistfund. Individuals and local businesses can contribute any time and convert equity aspirations into economic action. Meanwhile, Finnriver is continuing to learn how to recognize and address the equity barriers at work in ourselves and in our society. I’m continuing my own learning at the ‘Uprooting Racism’ workshop offered by the Mandala Center for Change in Port Townsend on February 1-2, and there may still be spaces left if you are in the area and want to sign up! And if you are as moved by this painting as I am, check out the art of our friend and wonderful local painter Jesse Joshua Watson @jahwatson. The original painting is for sale...and the image here is shared with reverence and gratitude for all who walk the way of justice and liberation and do the hard and wholehearted work of human transformation. With love for our whole human family!
Rekindling the connection between our human community and the land that sustains us! Last night’s Wassail at Finnriver was a whole-hearted hoot and we are deeply grateful for the folks who came out on a blustery January evening to sing to the trees, toast the health of the land and each other, dance with fire, revel in the orchard and light and honor the elemental fires of earth air water light and love. As we face the challenges of our times and the forces that divide and disconnect us from each other and from our shared Earthliness, I feel bolstered by the beauty of being together last night — gathering with good cheer, joyful voices and shared witness of the fruitful land. Our human ancestors from all parts of the earth created a range of rituals and traditions to witness and offer reverence to Nature’s seasons. Whatever your own beliefs or practices, we recognize our fundamental human kinship and our shared presence on this lovely, living planet! Thanks again to friends and neighbors who showed up last night and we will look forward to seeing you again…A toast to all our health! 🍏🔥🌍🌞💧💜 #finnriver #finnriverwassail2020 #orchardwassail #lovetheland #appleorchardsgrowlove #wassailfire