A few miles from here, our this year’s crop of Rogue Farms jalapeños is just getting started.
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From killer slugs to invading geese, the season of growing beers, spirits, ciders and sodas is off to an exciting start here at Rogue Farms. Our barley is growing, our hops are climbing and our honeybees are buzzing. Read all about it in our latest edition of the Rogue Farms Crop Report.
That buzz you hear on the drive into Rogue Farms is the sound of our 7,140,289 honeybees back from their working vacation.
They spent winter pollinating an almond orchard near Tracy, California. We brought them back just in time for the start of the spring nectar flow.
A nectar flow is when plants go into overtime producing nectar to attract honeybees. This is a period of fierce competition. Gazillions of flowers are blooming, each trying to lure a honeybee with the promise of nectar in exchange for the bee’s pollination services.
Just a few days into spring and we’re starting our first big chore of the season – stringing and staking our 42-acre hopyard. The job requires nearly a dozen farmhands and days of back breaking work. But if you want to grow your own beer, this is what you got to do. It starts with the string…
The calendar may say winter, but it feels like spring here at Rogue Farms. It’s been four to five to degrees warmer than normal for the past few months. Everything is running ahead of schedule.
So thank you Mother Nature for giving us a head start on spring planting in the Revolution Garden.
Some of last year’s botanicals, like Chamomile, are dormant and will emerge later in the month. Add to that Angelica, Coriander, Juniper, Cucumbers, Ginger and the above mentioned Orris Root. We’re also planting Grains of Paradise, a spice native to West Africa. We don’t know how it will do in the terroir of the Willamette Valley, but we’re willing to take the risk and follow our dream of growing more of our own ingredients for Rogue Spirits Spruce Gin and Pink Spruce Gin.
We’re also planting some traditional garden crops, vegetables and spices that we pick, cook and serve guests here at the farm.
That includes broccoli…
…and Mustard Greens.
Join us this summer for one of our farm fresh lunches or dinners and bring home a bottle of Rogue Spirits gin. Both are made with flavors from the same place, the Revolution Garden of Rogue Farms.
At Rogue Farms we’re dedicated to crafting all our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas using ingredients we grow ourselves. Come join the grow your own Revolution!
With an early spring at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, this year’s crop of Risk™ malting barley is off to a good start.
After laying dormant during the cold season, the shoots have resumed growing and are nearly three inches tall.
Since we’re surrounded by wildlife, we often get some interesting visitors wandering through the fields.
You’re not going to believe this. We don’t quite believe it ourselves.
A few weeks ago we noticed that something odd was going on in our field of Dream Rye. Shoots were disappearing and being overtaken by grass. At first, it seemed like no big deal. The changes were subtle. But the shoots continued dying and the grass spread even further. Eventually we lost nearly all 20 acres of the Dream Rye we planted just a few months ago.
This is what happened.
It’s become a rite of winter at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon. A battle with invaders from the north.
Hundreds of Canada Geese descend upon the farm this time of year to raid our Risk™ malting barley. From the air, the vast fields of green barley shoots are a target that’s too attractive to pass up.
We go on the counter offensive, harassing the geese with rifle shots in the air, riding through fields in our ATVs, or sending the dogs out to chase them away. These skirmishes drag on for weeks or months.
This year, the geese outsmarted us.
As much as we love sharing the story of Rogue Farms, and our grow your own, craft it yourself way of doing things – we especially appreciate it when others share it too.
Take a look at what Craft Brewing Business did with the pictures from our Winter Crop Report. They created a beautiful photo essay showing the highlights of what we’ve done over the past months to grow our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas. Click on the image below to view the full story.