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The Start Of Spring Planting

Unless you’re a farmer, what we’re about to tell you may not make a lot of sense. Not at first.

We started working the fields where we’ll plant our Dare spring malting barley. Actually drilling seeds in the ground? No. That’s five to six months from now. But there’s a lot to do between now and planting time.

Plowing a field of spring barley begins in the fall at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

Plowing a field of spring barley begins in the fall at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

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Growing And Picking Our Own Soda

When Rogue Soda Jerk Steve Distasio is looking for inspiration – all he has to do is drive 62 miles to Rogue Farms.

Steve mixes honey harvested from our 7,140,289 honeybees in every batch of Rogue Soda. And when he wanted to create soda with a citrus and cucumber flavor, we picked cucumbers for him right from our garden.

So it was no surprise when we looked out the window the other day and there was Steve, wandering through the pumpkin patch.

Man on a mission. Rogue Soda Jerk Steve in our four acre patch of Dream Pumpkins.

Man on a mission. Rogue Soda Jerk Steve in our four acre patch of Dream Pumpkins.

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A Real Nut Job

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.

Hazelnuts begin falling in early September as the nights get cool and the winds grow stronger.

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Learning As We Grow

At Rogue Farms, we’re always up for trying something new and revolutionary. If someone around here has a good idea, we’ll go for it, even if we don’t know exactly how it will turn out.

A good example of the Rogue way of doing things is our Wigrich Corn. We planted four acres this summer with plans to floor malt and micro malt it at our Farmstead Malt House in Tygh Valley.

Well you know what they say about making plans…

Our four acres of Wigrich Corn on harvest day.

Our four acres of Wigrich Corn on harvest day.

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Slow Picked Peppers

The harvest of our jalapeño peppers is unlike anything else we grow at Rogue Farms.

With all of our other ingredients, the entire crop is ripe and ready for picking at the same time. We can pick one of our hop varieties in a day. Harvesting a field of our malting barley takes a few days, maybe a week if the weather is bad.

But our peppers? They have a mind of their own.

This yea, we planted three varieties of jalapeños in an acre size patch.

This summer, we planted three varieties of jalapeños in an acre size patch.

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Corn As High As An Elephant’s Eye

There’s an old saying that corn should be, “as high as an elephant’s eye” when you harvest it. With elephants in short supply in the Wigrich Appellation, we at Rogue Farms use more traditional ways of determining when our crop of Wigrich Corn is ready to be picked, shucked and shelled.

The answer? Any day now.

High Corn

 

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The Original GYO Guy

Our friends over at Oregon Beer Growler have a great article this month on how to grow your own hops. It’s aimed at gardeners, not farmers, but check out the photo they used to illustrate the story. They called John the “Original GYO-er.” Click on the image to read the September issue.

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Hop Harvest In, Two More To Go

With the sun fading over the Coast Range, we finished bringing in our Alluvial hops this weekend and the 2014 Rogue Farms Hop Harvest came to a close.

Four weeks, seven varieties of hops, 350 bales, one big celebration.

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The final truck loads of Alluvial hops coming in from the hop rows.

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Bumper Crops And Troubled Fields

When the last bushel of Rogue Farms Dare™ malting barley came in off the field, you could almost hear a collective sigh of relief across the farm in Tygh Valley.

This was our best barley growing season ever. We reaped, threshed and winnowed 1,063,521 pounds of Dare™ and Risk™ malting barley.

But it could just as easily gone the other way. In fact, that’s exactly what’s happening to our fellow farmers just east of here.

Postcard perfect weather greeted the combines as they began the harvest of Rogue Farms Dare malting barley.

Postcard perfect weather greeted the combines as they began the harvest of Rogue Farms Dare™ malting barley.

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Celebrate The Hop Harvest

Please join us at Rogue Farms this weekend as we celebrate the end of the 2014 Big Wave Hop Harvest!

Freedom Hop Harvest

The start of the 2014 Rogue Farms Big Wave Hop Harvest as we cut our Freedom bines from the trellises.

After four weeks of picking, stripping, sorting, separating, kilning, cooling, and baling our seven varieties of Rogue Farms hops, we now get to relax and enjoy the company of friends for a few hours, or until our next crop is ready to harvest.

Rogue Farms Hop Harvest Festival begins at 12pm with a toast to a nearly 70,000-pound hop harvest.

Join us on a tour of Rogue Farms at 12pm, 2pm, or 4pm. Games including barley sack races, cornhole, bung toss and more throughout the day.

Enjoy live music by The Bluzotix from 2-5pm and visit with local artisans. Admission is free.

There’s plenty going on at Rogue Farms during September and October. We also have Bingo nights, two concerts and a Garage Sale on Columbus Day Weekend.

Please see our events page for more information.

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