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Hops On Ice

In less than 24-hours we went from Lake Wigrich to the Ice Follies.

A hard cold spell blew in from the Arctic, plunging nighttime lows into the teens and icing over the last of the flood waters in the fields and hop rows here at Rogue Farms.

Hopyard On Ice 2

We’re still open by the way. Wigrich Road road is icy in spots, but as long as you’re careful you’ll be fine. We’ve got plenty of beer waiting for you if you decide to brave the cold weather and join us for the final days of 2014 and the start of the New Year.

Come rain, sleet, snow or ice, we grow our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas from ground to glass!

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Muddied, But Open

The floods that closed Rogue Farms for several days last week are drawing down. The road is now passable, and we’re open for business all week.

Normally, we’d be closed today and Tuesday. But we want to make sure you’re stocked up on beer from our New Year’s Garage Sale for your parties.

What you’ll see when you drive in is a lot of mud in the fields.

Muddy Hopyard

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High Water Closes Rogue Farms

The Willamette River crept up another four inches this morning, high enough for us to decide to close Rogue Farms until further notice.

We’d be closed on Christmas Day regardless, so it just made sense to play it safe and wait until the flood waters receded and Wigrich Road is safe to drive.

Wigrich Road was covered in water in several places, so we closed off the entire section.

Wigrich Road was covered in water in several places, so we closed off the entire section.

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Rising Waters Cut Off Rogue Farms

We should’ve known better than to make predictions about the weather.

Cones On Road

The entrance to Rogue Farms, closed until further notice.

A day after boldly stating this week’s flood was a non-event, the Willamette River rose again, sending water rushing over Wigrich Road and pouring into our neighbor’s hazelnut orchard and into the hopyard at Rogue Farms.

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The Flood That Wasn’t

Once again, Mother Nature has proven to be fickle.

The big winter storm that was threatening to drown Rogue Farms under seven feet of water? It turned out to be a whole lot of nothing. The hops, Dream Rye, Potbellied Pigs and honeybees were never in any danger.

Here’s a photo we took of Wigrich Road when we drove into the farm this morning. Covered in water, but passable.

Minor Flood Dec 2014

With more rain on the way, the National Weather Service says minor flooding is likely to continue until the weekend. If you plan on visiting the farm this week, please call us at 503-838-9813 to make sure we’re open.

Winter weather can be tricky, but when you grow beer and spirits in collaboration with Mother Nature, you learn to roll with it.

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Flood Watch At Rogue Farms

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Rogue Farms of Independence as massive “river of moisture” takes aim at Northwest Oregon. Starting Saturday afternoon, the region will be pounded with as much as foot of rain in just 24 hours.

When water levels in the Willamette River peak on Tuesday evening, our 42-acre hopyard will be buried under seven feet of water.

Rogue Farms Freedom Hops during the Great Flood of January, 2012.

Rogue Farms Freedom Hops during the Great Flood of January, 2012.

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Guardians Of The Dirt

One of the most valuable resources for any farmer is dirt. While most of us take dirt for granted, a farmer knows that the right kind of soil is crucial to growing crops.

Dirt isn’t cheap. It took millions of years of Ice Age floods and winter flooding of the Willamette River to create the alluvial soils we love so much at Rogue Farms. So we do what we can to protect our soil from the devastating effects of erosion.

Meet the guardians of the dirt.

Barley Close Up

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Hops, Hogs And Holidays

Join us for our final blow out party of the year, Hops, Hogs & Holidays, this Saturday at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.

It’ll be a day of Holiday crafts, live music, a visit by Santa and we’ll wrap it up with a big ham feast. Please see below for more information, or call Rogue Farms at 503-838-9813.

Hops Hogs Holidays Poster

Growing Beer, Stick By Stick

What’s the difference between a hopyard and field of weeds? It’s the trellis system.

It wasn’t until our brewing forefathers learned how to grow hops on a trellis, away from the damp soil and exposed to the sun, that the wild plant known as Humulus lupulus became a cultivated crop and one of the key ingredients in beer.

A hopyard trellis will last for five decades or longer. But ever once in a while, you need to get down in the dirt and do some repairs.

Empty Hopyard

With no hops growing and the rhizomes dormant underground, winter is the best time for hopyard repairs.

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Trimming The Tree

Trimming the tree has a whole different meaning here in the heart of Oregon hazelnut country that surrounds us at Rogue Farms.

It has nothing to do with ornaments, lights or popcorn strung around a Christmas tree. For hazelnut growers, like our neighbors at Kirk Family Filberts, it’s seriously hard work that’s essential for a bountiful harvest next fall.

Orchard

Pruned branches are lined up on the orchard floor to make clean up easier.

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