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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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The Harvests of Autumn

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.

Our 4-acre field of Wigrich sweet corn.

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Two Farms, Two Harvests

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.

The start of the 2014 hop harvest at Rogue Farms.

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Picking Our Second Wave Of Hops

We began picking our Rebel and Independent hops this week, the second wave of hops to turn ripe during this year’s harvest season at Rogue Farms.

From bine to brew, Rebel and Independent are two of the seven varieties we grow, pick, strip, sort, separate, kiln, cool and bale on our 42- acre hopyard overlooking the Willamette River in the Wigrich Appellation.

With our Freedom hops already harvested and driven 77 miles to our Brewery in Newport , we have four more varieties to harvest over the next couple of weeks.

Here’s what’s been keeping us busy this week.

The harvest begins as we cut the cone filled bines off the trellis wires.

The harvest begins as we cut the cone filled bines off the trellis wires.

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Snap, Crackle, Barley

We did more field burning over the weekend at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.

This is an important step in preparing the soil for when we plant our next crop of Risk™ malting barley. Fire sterilizes the soil, killing off weeds, weed seeds and diseases. Burning also helps by converting the left over field stubble into pure minerals we can plow back into the soil to improve its health. What you may call charred straw, we call fertilizer.

We want our Risk barley to have the best possible start when we plant it, probably about a month from now. Beer and Spirits are only as good as their ingredients, so we want to grow the finest proprietary palate of flavors we can.

 

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