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Pumpkin Patch (formerly rye field)

Last year a field of rye, this year a ten acre pumpkin patch.

That picture you’re looking at is our new ten acre pumpkin patch. We just got done tilling the soil and making it ready for planting. All we’re waiting for is the right time, some strong backs, and pumpkin seeds.

The new location is what used to be our Dream Rye field. But we outgrew that spot and moved the rye over by the Willamette River.

The really hard work is yet to come. Just like last year – and the year before – we’ll plant the pumpkins by hand. The rows will be laid out, thousands of tiny holes will be dug, even more thousands of seeds will be dropped into those holes, and then we’ll cover them up. The difference this time around is we’ll plant ten acres this year while before it was just two acres. Planting is scheduled for May, but a specific day is TBA.

We grow our own pumpkins for Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale. John Maier won’t brew with canned pumpkins, pureed pumpkins or extract. It’s gotta be fresh from the farm.

Here’s some photos from last year’s planting.

Laying out the rows with string.

Laying out the rows with string.

Digging holes for the pumpkin seeds

Digging holes for the pumpkin seeds.

Dropping in seeds and covering them up.

Dropping in seeds and covering them up.

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