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The Honey Harvest Begins!

Every July we make plans for the harvest season at Rogue Farms.

The Risk™ malting barley harvest in Tygh Valley kicks things off mid-month, followed by our seven varieties of hops at our farm in Independence in August. But you know what they say about making plans.

This year, Mother Nature and the 7,140,289 Rogue Farms honeybees decided it was time to shake things up.

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Flower Power For Our Honeybees

This is the greatest time of year to be a Rogue Farms honeybee.

We’re in the middle of the summer nectar flow, when gazillions of wildflowers, blackberry flowers and clover fill the fields surrounding our farm.

It’s the honeybee’s version of an all you can eat for free buffet. But for our bees, that’s not good enough.

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Back In The Land Of Hops And Honey

Feel that buzz in the air at Rogue Farms?

That's our honeybees, just back from a working vacation in California.

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Blossoms In Your Beer

We can’t think of a prettier place to be than spring time in a cherry orchard.

Stroll among the trees and feel the orchards glow in soft hues of white and pink. A gentle breeze sends petals drifting lazily through the air.

Stand still for a moment and take in the quiet. Because, if you listen very carefully, you’ll hear a slight buzz.

That’s the sound of our Rogue Farms honeybees.

April in the cherry orchards next door to Rogue Farms.

April in the cherry orchards next door to Rogue Farms.

The blossoming of the cherry orchards marks the beginning of the spring nectar flow, a time of year when the Wigrich Appellation offers an amazing buffet of flowers for our honeybees. As the cherries fade away, the pears will come into bloom, to be followed by the apple trees. Thousands of wildflowers dot the landscape.

All a bee has to do is fly off in any direction and it will soon find a nice source of nectar and pollen. But they seem to take a shine to cherry blossoms.

A closer look at the cherry blossoms.

A closer look at the cherry blossoms.

We started keeping honeybees because we wanted to create another ingredient to our proprietary palate of flavors of known origin. Because nothing says terroir quite like honey.

From spring until the end of summer our 7,140,289 honeybees will sample all the flavors of the Wigrich Appellation including; hazelnuts, our Dream Pumpkins, our jalapeños, our marionberries, cherries, apples, wild blackberries, clover, and a gazillion other wild flowers.

Rogue Farms Wildflower honey is truly a taste of place.

Rogue Farms honeybees returning from a trip to the cherry orchards.

Rogue Farms honeybees returning from a trip to the cherry orchards.

You can try putting cherry blossoms in your beer, or you could let our honeybees do it for you. This year’s crop of Rogue Farms honey will be put to good use by John Maier as he crafts future batches of 19 Original Colonies Mead, Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot.

Spring has arrived at Rogue Farms! Come join us for another season of growing beer, spirits and honey.

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The Honey That Almost Got Away

We made a sweet discovery this week while laying down some gravel for our new parking lot at Rogue Farms.

Winnie The Pooh would be so proud.

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The Buzz On Winter

Bee Workshop 5.17.12 (24) webWith the days growing short and temperatures dropping, it’s time to get the Rogue Farms honeybees ready for winter.

For most of the year they’ve been collecting nectar and making honey for our mead, kolsch and braggot.

Now it’s our turn to take care of them.

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We Grow Bees And Honey

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No one knows terroir like the Rogue Farms Honeybees.

This year, our 7,156,283 honeybees made 89,453,537,512 stops to collect nectar from flowering hazelnuts, maples, roses, apples, walnuts, cherries, pumpkins, raspberries, marionberries, blackberries and clover. The honey they produced is a sampling of all the flavors of the Wigrich Appellation – a unique taste of place.

And soon, you’ll be able to taste the terroir of Rogue Farms for yourself when the honey we harvested is used to brew 19 Original Colonies Mead, Honey Kolsch and Braggot.

So how do we harvest our honey? Here’s how.

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How To Keep 5,140,286 Construction Workers Busy

Rogue Honeybees Watching our Rogue Farms Honeybees hard at work this summer makes us appreciate even more all the effort that goes into building a hive. It’s the kind of appreciation you can only get when you grow your ingredients.

We start by putting together the hive boxes for the bees. But where we’re done, job of the honeybees is just getting started. They have to build the combs where they’ll raise their brood and store their honey. Without the combs the hive won’t survive.

Good thing our population of bees is climbing above the five million mark and rising. They have a lot of work to do.

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A Summer Buffet For Honeybees

Rogue Honeybees 19 Original Colonies Mead Rogue Farms Hopyard Independence OregonBlackberries, Marionberries, Raspberries, Clover – and coming soon – flowering pumpkins.

We’re deep in the middle of the summer nectar flow at Rogue Farms, a time when our honeybees have a bigger selection of food than your typical buffet line. Healthier choices too.

Here’s a look at the honeybees in action.

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We Grow Bees By The Millions

There are no guarantees in farming. No matter how hard you plan, how hard you work, there’s always a risk that nature will throw you a little surprise and ruin everything.

Which is why success tastes especially sweet. And by sweet, we at Rogue Farms mean honey.

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