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.
Starting today we’re on our fall and winter schedule at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
Our new hours of operation are…
Wednesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 7pm
Monday – Tuesday: CLOSED
Farms Tours are held Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Other days and times may be arranged by calling us at 503-838-9813.
Please drop by, and enjoy one of our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas with a front row seat of the beauty of Autumn on the farm!
We’re halfway through the hop harvest at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. Our Rebel hops are coming off the trellis wires today and we have three more varieties to pick over the next week.
When that’s done, we’ll have a brief respite and then it will be back to work to bring in our crops of Autumn. Wigrich sweet corn and our neighbor’s hazelnuts are two of the crops grown for Rogue Spirits.
Our 4-acre field of Wigrich sweet corn.
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While most of you are enjoying a relaxing Labor Day holiday, we at Rogue Farms are busier than ever.
Two major harvests are coming in at the same time, our Dare™ malting barley at our farm in Tygh Valley and another wave of hops at our farm in Independence.
As farmers, we learned long ago that when the crops are ready we have to be ready to pick them, holiday or not.
The start of the 2014 hop harvest at Rogue Farms.
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