Join us for our final blow out party of the year, Hops, Hogs & Holidays, this Saturday at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
It’ll be a day of Holiday crafts, live music, a visit by Santa and we’ll wrap it up with a big ham feast. Please see below for more information, or call Rogue Farms at 503-838-9813.
Here’s what two week old whiskey really looks like.
Our friends at the Grand Hotel in Salem, Oregon are helping us spread the word about the GYO/DIY Revolution. Click on the image to read what they said about Rogue Farms and be sure to vote for us in the USA Today/10Best contest for Best Brewery Tour.
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.
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.
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.
The history of Oregon hops begins in the dirt just a few miles south of Rogue Farms in Independence.
The year was 1867. Farmers Adam Weisner and William Wells planted the state’s first commercial hopyard near the small town of Buena Vista. For reasons that are unknown to us, the first crop was a failure. But their attempts to grow hops caught the eye of Eugene area farmer George Leasure. Using rootstocks from Weisner and Wells, he started Oregon’s first successful hopyard two years later on the banks of the McKenzie River.
A Willamette Valley hopyard in 1900. From Oregon State University.
Check out this story about Rogue Farms in the latest Modern Farmer. Beer and spirits begin on the farm!
Waiting for a hazelnut harvest is all about patience.
The nuts began falling from the trees nearly a month ago. But we have to wait until there’s enough nuts on the orchard floor before the harvest can begin. The timing is entirely in the hands of Mother Nature.
This week Mother Nature said, “Let’s go.”
Hazelnuts begin falling in early September as the nights get cool and the winds grow stronger.
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We woke up this morning to find the hopyard shrouded in fog and thought it was so stunning we just had to snap these photos.
Fall is here and winter is coming. Each season here at Rogue Farms is different and beautiful in its own way.