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Piggies In A Blanket

Just as we prepare our hops and honeybees for winter, this week it was time for our celebrity Potbellied Pigs, Voo and Doo. Voo and Doo are hardy creatures but even they need a warm place to sleep. One of our chores this week at Rogue Farms was to winterize their home.

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We laid down a thick layer of hay and cedar chips for them to snuggle in.

But our pigs are creatures of habit. They don’t handle change well. They eyed us suspiciously through the door.

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Voo was the first who dared enter the new surroundings.

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Seeing that no ill harm came to Voo, Doo swaggered in as if it was his idea all along.

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To give you an idea of how our pigs’ minds work, they assumed we had laid out a giant feast for them. They noshed on the bedding for 30 minutes before they realized it wasn’t edible.

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Once they caught on, Voo and Doo leapt into the pile and burrowed to make their beds.

The next time you come to Rogue Farms to enjoy one of our beers, spirits, ciders or sodas, be sure to drop in on Voo and Doo in their new digs.

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Vote For Rogue Farms As Best Brewery Tour In America

Rogue Farms has been nominated for Best Brewery Tour by the readers of USA Today and 10Best. Finally, an election that really matters.

Click on the image below to cast your vote for Rogue Farms and show your support for the GYO Revolution!

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Learn How To Make Cheese At Rogue Farms

The first of our DIY (Do It Yourself) workshops is coming to Rogue Farms on Saturday, November 22nd. Join Jessica from The Kitchen At Middleground Farms as she shows you how to make your own cheese. It’s easier than you think. Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and processes needed to do it yourself. This workshop is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The 2013 DIY Workshop: Cheese Making at Rogue Farms.

The 2013 DIY Workshop: Cheese Making at Rogue Farms.

DIY: Cheese Making
Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00pm
Rogue Farms Independence, Oregon

For more information call Rogue Farms @503-838-9813

DIY is at the heart of everything we do at Rogue Farms. We grow and process our own ingredients to create a proprietary palate of flavors for Rogue beers, spirits, ciders and sodas. We love sharing our DIY philosophy with others. Please join us at one or all of our winter DIY workshops so that you too can learn how to Do It Yourself.

Winter Storm Postcards

We’re in the middle of our first big winter storm of the season at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, and the falling snow and low hanging clouds have created a beautiful scene of solitude and silence. It’s as if the rest of the world had suddenly disappeared.

The Risk™ malting barley fields appear to be doing okay. No signs of cold damage, at least not yet. With snow on the ground, we can relax knowing that our barley will remain protected from any further damage as it sleeps under its big, white blanket.

We like to think our farm in Tygh Valley is beautiful any time of year, but winter is somehow special. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we do.

One of our fields of Risk malting barley.

One of our fields of Risk™ malting barley.

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Winter Starts With A Blast

Just when we thought things weren’t going to be so bad at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley and Independence, comes word from the National Weather Service that we’re going to get a heck of a lot of snow.

At Tygh Valley the predictions are all over the place. We could see anywhere from 5-14 inches of snow depending on how this plays out.  Temperatures will stay below freezing for the next several days.

We’re also keeping a close eye to what’s happening north of us in Columbia River Gorge. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the western Gorge predicting up to 5 inches of snow and sleet.  Wind gusts will be high as 65-70 miles per hour.

Our secret defense is Tygh Ridge. At 2800 feet, Tygh Ridge protects us from those howling winter storms that roar down the Gorge.

Tygh Ridge in winter.

Tygh Ridge in winter.

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Winter Storm Watch At Rogue Farms

Like many parts of the United States, winter is coming early and strong to Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the farm starting Wednesday night at 6pm farm time and running for 24 hours.  We’re expecting three to nine inches of snow with temperatures lingering in the 20′s.  But what we’re most worried about is our newly planted crop of Risk™ malting barley.

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Planting Our Rye Whiskey and Ale

With a big winter storm headed our way to Rogue Farms in Independence,Oregon, we took advantage of a few days of decent weather to plant 20 acres of Dream Rye.

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Do It Yourself: From Cornfield to Floor Malt

In our previous post we talked about the difficulties we had finding someone to harvest our Wigrich Corn. With time running out, we picked the entire five acres ourselves by hand.  It was a hard and dirty job but it had to be done or the crop would go to waste.

Today our corn crop is at the Farmstead Malt House at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley.  Now it’s time to shuck the corn to prepare it for malting.   The machines we bought to shuck the corn for us, let us down. So we were left with only option, to shuck our like farmers did centuries ago.

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When All Else Fails, Do It Yourself

One of the perils of being a farmer is that things often don’t go as planned.

Case in point, our five acre patch of Wigrich Corn.  We started looking for someone to harvest our corn back in July, not long after we planted it, and kept searching for four months but found no takers.  “Five acres is too small,” they all told us.

By the end of October we were feeling a little bit desperate, so rather than letting our first crop of Wigrich corn go to waste in the field we decided to pick it ourselves by hand.

We began picking under dreary November skies.

We began picking under dreary November skies.

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Learn How To DIY With Rogue Farms

DIY (Do It Yourself) is at the heart of everything we do at Rogue Farms.  Not only do we grow the ingredients for our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas, we also floor malt, micro-malt, kiln, roast, smoke, mash, brew and distill those ingredients ourselves.  Nothing tastes better than a farm grown beer or spirit made from scratch.

We love sharing this philosophy with others. So every year we hold a series of DIY workshops where you can learn everything from beekeeping to cheese making. The hands on classes are a great way to grab a pint and learn new skills.

Keep reading to see our entire calendar of DIY workshops for the next six months.

Learning how to locate a swarm at our beekeeping workshop in 2012.

Learning how to locate a swarm at our beekeeping workshop in 2012.

All classes are free and all ages are welcome.

How to Make Cheese with Middle Ground Farms
Saturday, November 22nd

How to Make Candles and Winter Crafts
Saturday, December 6th

Winter Sports for Beginners  with REI
Saturday, January 10th

How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring
Saturday,February 28th

How to Raise Your Own Backyard Chickens
Saturday, March 28th

How to Raise Your Own Honeybees
Saturday, April 22nd

We will update this calendar as more information becomes available, so check back regularly. You may also call us at Rogue Farms at 503-838-9813.

Please join us at Rogue Farms as we begin another season of DIY workshops. Come see how grow beer, spirits, ciders and sodas from ground to glass.

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