The first of our DIY (Do It Yourself) workshops is coming to Rogue Farms on Saturday, November 22nd. Join Jessica from The Kitchen At Middleground Farms as she shows you how to make your own cheese. It’s easier than you think. Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and processes needed to do it yourself. This workshop is free of charge and all ages are welcome.
The 2013 DIY Workshop: Cheese Making at Rogue Farms.
DIY: Cheese Making
Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00pm
Rogue Farms Independence, Oregon
For more information call Rogue Farms @503-838-9813
DIY is at the heart of everything we do at Rogue Farms. We grow and process our own ingredients to create a proprietary palate of flavors for Rogue beers, spirits, ciders and sodas. We love sharing our DIY philosophy with others. Please join us at one or all of our winter DIY workshops so that you too can learn how to Do It Yourself.
Just when we thought things weren’t going to be so bad at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley and Independence, comes word from the National Weather Service that we’re going to get a heck of a lot of snow.
At Tygh Valley the predictions are all over the place. We could see anywhere from 5-14 inches of snow depending on how this plays out. Temperatures will stay below freezing for the next several days.
We’re also keeping a close eye to what’s happening north of us in Columbia River Gorge. The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the western Gorge predicting up to 5 inches of snow and sleet. Wind gusts will be high as 65-70 miles per hour.
Our secret defense is Tygh Ridge. At 2800 feet, Tygh Ridge protects us from those howling winter storms that roar down the Gorge.
Tygh Ridge in winter.
With a big winter storm headed our way to Rogue Farms in Independence,Oregon, we took advantage of a few days of decent weather to plant 20 acres of Dream Rye.
One of the wildest growing seasons at Rogue Farms is coming to a close, and we’re already getting started on planting next year’s proprietary palate of flavors.
Read more about it in the latest edition of the Rogue Farms Crop Report by clicking on the cover image.
Autumn is one of the busiest times of year for the beekeeper at Rogue Farms.
There’s no more wild sources of nectar and pollen for our honeybees to forage and soon it will be too cold for them to leave the hive. So in the next few weeks our beekeeper has 7,140,289 mouths to feed, medicate and shelter before winter arrives.
The bees took care of us this spring and summer by pollinating our crops and making the honey we used in our kolsch, mead, braggot and sodas. Now it’s our turn to take care of them.
A scene from this year’s honey harvest at Rogue Farms.
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There’s two things you can count on during winter at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. It’s going to rain, and it’s probably going to flood.
One of our most important chores this time of year is to protect the soil from erosion during the winter rainy season. And the best way to do that is to plant some barley.
Here we are plowing the soil between the hop rows. The ground is covered with a stubble of left over bines, twine and plant debris. It all gets broken up and plowed back into the earth.
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.
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.