I visited this farm during one of Deaffriendly's events last year and had a wonderful time during the tasting. Beautiful place, friendly people, delicious food and good drinks. Finnriver founder and owner Crystie didn't talk too fast and made eye contact with every one of us. We had interpreters so we were able to communicate with each other. Crystie made sure that we all were able to have a taste of the different drinks and let us try more if it wasn't on the original menu for the tasting event. That was pretty generous of them to do that for us. Finnriver accommodated to my dietary restrictions and it was SO nice to be able to enjoy the pizza with my peers. After the event was over, I walked around their farm for a bit and enjoyed the flowers before I left for home. I would love to return again someday because of my positive experience. Thank you!
This business deserves a standing ovation in my humble opinion. They hosted a cider tour in ASL allowing me to experience having my first ever tasting experience in my preferred method of communication. I didn't have to speechread, to struggle what was being said and I had opportunities to ask questions and participate fully in the tasting. They were not only friendly and welcoming but truly considered how to best communicate with our group of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. This is a new favorite spot of mine and I will definitely be back and bring family and friends! Thank you Finnriver!
Visited this farm last Saturday with another deaf friend and had the BEST time there!! Crystie, one of the three co-owners saw us signing and was so excited to welcome us to the farm/cidery, She was a gracious hostess and brought out different ciders for a "private tasting" at our table and had the foresight to bring paper and pen handy to write things down if we didn't understand her. Crystie had excellent eye contact with us and very conscious of making sure we understood her. She mentioned to us that it was her goal to make the farm and cidery "Deaf Friendly"! I was SO excited about that and told her about this website and how i would get her connected with Echo and Socorro. There were printed maps with information about the farm available for a self-guided tour of the farm as well as history about the farm. Loved the visual aids! Suggested to her to have a laminated menu about the various ciders and cider ports to make it easier for Deaf people to read and learn more about the different kinds of cider. She was very receptive to that suggestion. They sell delicious wood fired pizza and had a detailed menu right next to the counter which made it easy for us to order pizza. I suggested having a printed menu at the counter to make it more visual and easier to point at if it's busy at the counter. We are hoping to set up a Deaf event at this cidery in August with interpreters and get word out to the Deaf community. I am SO excited about this!