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.
Starting today we’re on our fall and winter schedule at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
Our new hours of operation are…
Wednesday – Friday: 12pm – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 7pm
Monday – Tuesday: CLOSED
Farms Tours are held Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Other days and times may be arranged by calling us at 503-838-9813.
Please drop by, and enjoy one of our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas with a front row seat of the beauty of Autumn on the farm!
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.
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.
Mother Nature has a funny way of testing us.
We had just started picking our Freedom hops, one of seven varieties we grow at Rogue Farms, when we got word that our wheat was ripe and ready.
So with pickers in the hop rows and combines in the wheat field, we got to work bringing in two crops at the same time.
The season of harvesting our beers and spirits is just getting started. Read all about it by clicking on the image below.
Big thunderstorms moved in overnight at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon, forcing us to hold off harvesting our Risk™ malting barley.
Maybe we’ll be able to resume this afternoon, maybe tomorrow or the next day. It’s all up to Mother Nature.
We can’t harvest wet barley. Too much moisture in the grain when it’s stored in the silo can lead to all sorts of problems ranging from fungal disease to spontaneous combustion. You read that right. Wet grain can get so hot all on it’s own that it will suddenly burst into flames.
But that’s the least of our troubles this time of 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?
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