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.
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.
Feel that buzz in the air at Rogue Farms?
That's our honeybees, just back from a working vacation in California.
We made a sweet discovery this week while laying down some gravel for our new parking lot at Rogue Farms.
Winnie The Pooh would be so proud.
No one knows terroir like the Rogue Farms Honeybees.
This year, our 7,156,283 honeybees made 89,453,537,512 stops to collect nectar from flowering hazelnuts, maples, roses, apples, walnuts, cherries, pumpkins, raspberries, marionberries, blackberries and clover. The honey they produced is a sampling of all the flavors of the Wigrich Appellation – a unique taste of place.
And soon, you’ll be able to taste the terroir of Rogue Farms for yourself when the honey we harvested is used to brew 19 Original Colonies Mead, Honey Kolsch and Braggot.
So how do we harvest our honey? Here’s how.
While there’s been a lot of news lately about the declining number of honeybees, we at the Rogue Farms Hopyard are fortunate enough to be bucking the trend.
We’re getting ready to add another 100 hives to our original 19 colonies. 100 new hives, 10,000 honeybees apiece. That’s a million more bees about to land on our doorstep.
And they’re all coming this week.
Like kids in a candy store, the Rogue Farms Honeybees are feasting on a wide variety of flowers, pollen and nectar this spring.
The next door cherry orchards started the bloom about a week and are still going strong. We’re also seeing tons of wildflowers, too.
Hope you enjoy the photos!
Here’s the deadline we can’t put off at the Rogue Farms Hopyard.
In about three weeks, someone’s going to pull up in a big truck and unload 100 starter hives, also known as nucs. It’s a huge expansion of the Rogue Hopyard apiary.
That gives us three weeks to finish constructing 200 new hive boxes and 200 new super boxes. Otherwise the new honeybees won’t have a place to live.
When the first flowers of the season appeared in our neighbor’s cherry orchard, we knew the spring nectar flow had begun.
This is one of the prettiest times of the year on the Rogue Farms Hopyard. And for the Rogue Honeybees, one of the busiest.
The Big Leaf Maples over by the Hop ‘N’ Bed are in full bloom and the Rogue Honeybees are loving it.
This is the first big bloom of spring, and a source of high quality nectar. So what else is keeping the bees busy?