RECORD SEASON FOR THE METHOW VALLEY CIDERHOUSE

The Methow Valley Ciderhouse enjoyed an exceptional season this year, selling out their two most popular flavors, Wolf and Bear, valley-wide months before the season was over.

Owner Richard Wasson attributes 5%-10% of sales to their participation in the Methow Made campaign. "Sales have been good on the the Methow Made displays and, thanks to the campaign, Winthrop Motors now carries our cider."

Missy Leduc, the owner of the Mazama Store, said that they experienced a drastic increase in cider sales this year. "We didn't seem to sell his ciders very well until this year and then on they rack, they sold like crazy," she said.

Richard also stated that they experienced 50-60% more customers at the ciderhouse than last year and expect the number to increase next season as they ramp up its facilities. This year, they built a regulation size Bocce Ball court and new bathrooms. Improvements will continue next year with the addition of new tanks, which will allow them to produce 20% more cider.

The ciderhouse would also like to make the transition from bar to small restaurant next year and also serve as a venue for more events. They will be growing their own potatoes and making french fries among other snacks.

Stop by the Methow Valley Ciderhouse next season to try some of their award-winning cider for yourself.

Posted on November 29, 2013 .

METHOW MADE TASTING AT GLOVER STREET MARKET

Glover Street Market will be featuring Methow Made food and beverage products at its weekly wine tasting on Saturday, December 7th from 2-6 pm. Wine expert Molly Patterson will showcase select varietals from the Methow's own Lost River Winery. Samples of Sunny Pine Cheese, Twisp River Organic Apples and Rocking Horse Bakery dessert, among other treats, will be served as an accompaniment. Other Methow Made products will be available for purchase and representatives from the campaign will be there to answer questions.

Posted on November 22, 2013 .

PERSONAL CARE COMPANY GROWS WITH METHOW MADE

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When the Methow Made campaign first began, Lucinda Tear, owner of Lucinda's Botanical Salves and Potions, had  been selling her goods only at local craft fairs. Now, Lucinda is in two local stores and growing.

"The first person to contact me was Lucinda Bowers from Winthrop Motors. I think it was because we have the same name," Lucinda joked, "Once my product was in one store I became more confident in approaching other retailers. It's easier for me to approach retailers about carrying my product as part of the campaign, rather than just by myself."  Feeling confident from the experience, Lucinda next approached the Mazama Store, where her product now sits on their custom Methow Made display. 

The increase in business has forced Lucinda to focus more on her product. "Being part of the Methow Made campaign has given my brand legitimacy and really forced me to up my game," she says. She redesigned her product line, created new, updated labels and is focusing on using even more local flora to truly encompass the Methow Made name.

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Lucinda has had at least one visit to her home for a consultation as a result of the Methow Made campaign. A woman traveling through the Methow had seen Lucinda's information in the Methow Made supplement. When she reached Twin Lakes road, she called Lucinda for a personal consultation and directions to her house.  A nurse from Bremerton who often worked with the elderly, The visitor thought that some of Lucinda's healing salves could help her patients. After a reflexology session with Lucinda, the visitor left the Methow with a bagful of healing potions. "Nobody has ever really searched me out before," says Lucinda. 

Find out how you can try some of Lucinda's salves for yourself. Pick them up at the Mazama Store or Winthrop Motors, or check out her website

 

Posted on November 7, 2013 .

WELCOME TO METHOW MADE!

You’ve come to the right place to learn more about some of the products you can take home to stay connected to this magical place. We’re excited to launch this program after months of planning. Hundreds of people in the community helped develop this program, which exemplifies the spirit of collaboration, creativity and entrepreneurship inherent to the Methow. Please let us know what you think, and check back often for news about new partners, retail locations, tasting events and more.

 

Posted on June 10, 2013 .