Marcus Robert – On Cider
While in the Yakima Valley on a Pre-conference Tour for WBC18, Wine Yakima Valley set up Flavor Camp, so we could experience the variety of flavors that come out of the Yakima Valley.
Marcus came to Tieton as the cidermaker, with 10 years of experience in beer, wine, and cider under his belt, back in 2010. They started with 200 cases and now produce upwards of 100,000 cases annually.
Where the fruit comes from – Harmony Orchards and Craig Campbell
“The fruit that is used in Tieton Cider Works cider comes from Craig and Sharon Campbell’s Harmony Orchards. This land has been in our family since the 1920’s when our grandfather planted his first trees in Tieton, Washington. “
Craig Campbell is a third generation farmer. He has a degree from Washington State University in viticulture. He is always looking for new varieties of trees.
In 2008 he planted a test block of 25 varieties of Cider Apples. He figured out which worked best and now they have 55 acres of cider apples and pears.
How can you find some?
1st you can go visit them in Yakima at the Cider Bar and Production facility:
619 West J St. Yakima Washington 98902
Just don’t go on a Tuesday (they are closed on Tuesdays). Other than that it’s 2 pm to 8 pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. 12-9 on Friday and Staurday and Sunday’s from 12-6.
Or you can use this great search page to find a local spot in your neck of the woods to pick some up.