This holiday season, Methow Made is teaming up with the Methow Conservancy, the Twisp Chambers of Commerce and the Winthrop Chambers of Commerce to encourage local holiday gift giving. Together with the Conservancy’s Spend A Ben campaign to spend a “Ben” (slang for $100—but any amount will do!) on the Valley’s local businesses, Methow Made is encouraging everyone to buy from the Valley's local businesses, including Methow Made farmers, artisans, artists and craftspeople.

From November 15 to December 31, 2014, experience your favorite Methow Made products through food and drink tastings. "Spend a ben" and take home a special holiday gift basket brimming with handpicked Methow Made goodies, available at select Methow Made retailers through the holidays.

Whether you live here or have found a special place in your heart for the Methow Valley, supporting the Methow Valley’s local businesses creates jobs and opportunities, builds relationships with our neighbors and ultimately creates healthier environments for our children and ourselves. Several studies have shown that for every dollar we spend at an independent, locally owned business, 3 times more money stays in the community. In light of the devastating fires this summer and all the businesses and families that have suffered a loss, now is the time to buy local and help the Methow Valley’s economy recover.

Methow Made is a program of Twispworks.

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On Sunday, September 28, 2014, in collaboration with the Methow Valley Interpretive Center (MVIC) and TwispWorks, a ravenous crowd of approximately 100 people converged on the TwispWorks picnic lawns for the Community Harvest Potluck and proceeded to make merry.

While Danbert Nobacon on guitar and Anna Dooley on violin serenaded the crowd with lively duets, the Methow Valley Interpretive Center cooked up traditional family barbeque recipes, TwispWorks Executive Director Amy Stork welcomed the crowd, and MVIC’s Executive Director Carolyn Schmekel led a blessing before the feasting commenced.

And oh—what a feast! In celebration of Methow Made, a program of TwispWorks, tables swayed under the massive weight of the local harvest, as over 50 beautiful and hearty dishes prepared with local ingredients from all over the Methow Valley, were eaten and shared.

It was indeed a community affair and a collaborative effort among the families, neighbors and volunteers of the small towns here in the Valley. Among many, Methow Made Sunny Pine Farm’s Ed Welch donated cheese for Alyssa Jumars’ (Plowhorse Farms) green salad; The Red Shed’s Kelleigh McMillan donated vegetables for Joel Travelstead’s vegetable curry; TwispWorks’ Nancy McKinney and husband Rich Milsteadt baked an apple crisp made with Bluebird Grain Farms’ emmer, Blue Star Coffee Roasters’ Don and Meg Donahue donated coffee and Cinnamon Twisp’s Katie Bristol and The Mazama Store’s Missy and Rick LeDuc donated loaves of bread.

The fun and free raffle afterward enticed the crowd further with local and handmade prizes from Methow Valley’s own: Gardners Gardens’ Dave and Marilyn Sabold donated beeswax balms; Methow Spring’s Talitha Parsons donated two boxes of spring water, eqpd donated wallets, Cullers Studio’s Sara Ashford donated skeins of yarn; Door No. 3’s Robin Doggett and Laura Gunnip donated tea towels; Mountainkind Photography’s Mary Kiesau and Merle Kirkley donated note card sets; and Lucid Glassworks’ Samantha Carlin donated glass tumblers.

Methow Made thanks all the volunteers, donors and friends who donated their time and handmade food and products to make this community celebration a success for the 4th year in a row!


The Methow Made campaign, a program of TwispWorks, is expanding to include artinsal and craft products that are made and produced in the Methow Valley.


Methow Made began in 2013 as an agricultural marketing campaign and currently has 8 hand-made displays in retail locations throughout the valley. The purpose of the campaign is to help visitors and locals alike identify and easily locate products that are made in the Methow Valley.

Participation in the campaign includes the usage of the Methow Made logo as well as inclusion in the annual Methow Made supplement to the Methow Valley News, signage, events, advertising, media outreach, and promotional materials.

Methow Made is a partnership between TwispWorks and Methow Valley businesses. Criteria for participation were created through a community stakeholder process. The Methow Made is made possible through a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

Applications can be downloaded beginning March 3rd at or picked up at the TwispWorks office at 502 Glover Street, Twisp, WA 98856. Applications are due March 31st, 2014.

Posted on February 28, 2014 .



If you've been to the Old Schoolhouse Brewery lately you might have seen a new name on the menu.  Runaway Red, created by brewers Blaze Ruud and Kyle Koger, was inspired by Kyle’s dog Cedar who would regularly escape their yard to make his way to the brewery. 

A Winter Style IPA , Runaway Red boasts classic Northwest hop varieties and a complex malt profile making it a deep red color and less bitter than the brewery’s Flagship IPA, the Ruud Awakening.  So far, the red has been lauded by locals and tourists alike (myself included) and is expected to grow in popularity as it begins to peak this week. Although Ruud and Koger normally prefer to stick to classic styles of beer, the creation of Runaway Red has been a fun experience for the veteran brewers. A self-proclaimed beer classicist, Ruud says that he “likes to experiment with new flavor profiles motivated by the demands of the people.” For example, OSB is currently working on an IPA with a lower alcohol content (but same great taste) that would allow cyclists to stop in for a beer and still safely navigate themselves home.  Stop in at the Old Schoolhouse Brewery today to try Runwaway Red for yourself.  

Keep an eye out for upcoming Old Schoolhouse events and specials on their Facebook page as well as for information about the upcoming "Winthrop Hop Rendezvous," a newly formed Brew Fest, in partnership with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. Taste the brews of 10 Washington breweries at the Winthrop Ice Rink on June 21st from 1 - 6 p.m. The event will happen alongside a local mountain bike festival. More details on that to follow.

Posted on February 25, 2014 .