In The Field Of Dream
Mother Nature sure knows how to keep us on our toes!
We had just started harvesting our barley in Tygh Valley (see story here) when – wouldn’t you know it – the Dream Rye we grow in Independence was ripe and ready.
Two major harvests at the same time? Let’s get to work.
John Maier at the harvest of our 35-acres of Dream Rye. John was at the barley harvest in Tygh Valley when word came the rye was ready, so he hopped into his truck and raced 186 miles over the Cascades to Rogue Farms in Independence. John and the crew swathed the rye into windrows, allowing the grain to dry in the field a few days before the combines came to finish the job.
John with just swathed rye in his hands. Rye farming in Oregon has almost disappeared, last year’s plantings were a mere 250 acres. That’s one of the reasons we grow our own. To make sure we get high quality ingredients of known terroir. Rogue Farms may soon be the last rye grower in the state.
After swathing, or cutting the stalks, the rye is raked into long windrows and left in the field to dry in the sun. We want the grain to have enough moisture so it doesn’t shatter in the combine, but dry enough to be stored. After drying, combines pick up the stalks, then trash and winnow the rye.
Here’s a look at what comes out of the combine. Clean, unbroken kernels of rye.
From our farm to your bottle, the Dream Rye we grow and harvest here at Rogue Farms will be used to brew Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye Ale.