The 2014 Rogue Farms Big Wave Hop Harvest starts Wednesday morning here at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
From last year’s harvest. John in the rows of Freedom hops, picking out what he’ll use to brew Wet Hop Ale.
The first of our seven varieties we’ll pick are our Freedom hops. Don’t be surprised if you see John Maier poking through hop rows or inside the processing facility. John is using some of this year’s Freedom crop (and Yaquinas when they’re ready) to brew Wet Hop Ale. He’ll personally select the fresh cones to bring home with him to our Brewery in Newport.
We’ll picking the remaining six Rogue Farms hops over the next three of four weeks. Hard to believe that after a year of such crazy weather (drought, floods and snow), the hops are healthy, ripe and ready for picking!
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Drive down Wigrich Road to Rogue Farms this time of year and you’ll always find something new going on.
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.
“To everything there is a season”, the ancient sage teaches us, and at Rogue Farms we’re coming to the end of one season and starting another.
We just finished planting our jalapeño peppers. This is one of the last crops we’ll put in the ground this year. The planting season is winding down and the harvest season will be here sooner than you think.
Just a couple of years ago we were growing our peppers in small, garden boxes. It was an experimental patch to see how they would do in the soil and climate of the Wigrich Appellation, and how they would taste in our Chipotle Ale and Chipotle Spirit. They turned out so well that we planted a quarter acre last year, and a full acre this year.
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.
We’re about a week away from the summer solstice, aka the longest day of the year.
On June 20th, the sun will rise over Rogue Farms at 5:25am and won’t drop below the horizon until 9:02pm. 15 hours, 36 minutes and 31 seconds of daylight.
This is when is our hop bines go into overdrive. Long periods of daylight trigger the natural hormones within hops that cause them to grow several inches in a day, several feet in a week. You can literally watch the hops grow.
So how’s this year’s crop coming along?
We took advantage of the gorgeous weather this weekend to plant this year's crop of Dream pumpkins.
It's amazing to think of how these tiny seeds revolutionized the way we do things at Rogue Farms. We'd been growing our own seven varieties of hops and two varieties of malting barley. But when dropped our first seeds of pumpkins in the soil a few years ago, the GYO revolution took a big leap forward.
Feel that buzz in the air at Rogue Farms?
That's our honeybees, just back from a working vacation in California.
The forecast for next week is warm and sunny, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than to join us for a beer at Rogue Farms.
In honor of the excellent weather, we're going to be open every day of the week with expanded hours Friday and Saturday.
Our new summer schedule is:
Sunday - Thursday, 11am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday, 11am to 10pm.
Farm Tours, Weekends at 3pm.
We're adding a new crop to the proprietary palate of flavors we grow at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
This spring we planted five acres of wheat in a field next our Dream pumpkin patch.
A step forward in the Grow Your Own Revolution.