With the sun fading over the Coast Range, we finished bringing in our Alluvial hops this weekend and the 2014 Rogue Farms Hop Harvest came to a close.
Four weeks, seven varieties of hops, 350 bales, one big celebration.
It's been quite a week at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon. We just finished harvesting 100 acres of Risk™ malting barley. Hard to believe that we planted these seeds just nine months ago.
Over winter, we watched and worried as a deep cold snap damaged some of the young shoots. But spring came and so did the sun, drying out the soggy soil left behind by the winter rain. Under picture perfect, clear blue skies, our Risk™ barley sprang to life, leafing, tillering, booting, heading, filling and ripening.
And then it all comes down to a week in July with a starting date determined by Mother Nature.
After a brief rain delay, we’re back in the fields at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, harvesting our 100 acres of Risk™ malting barley.
It’s been touch and go the last couple of days. Heavy rain and lightning rolled through the farm on Wednesday afternoon. So we worked when weather permitted, and took a break when we had no choice. This morning, we woke up to bright sunny skies and a forecast for perfect harvest weather over the next several days.
The calendar for our 2014 Beer And Spirits Harvest is taking shape. So we’re officially inviting you to visit us at Rogue Farms for the harvest season. Here’s a look at what crops we’re harvesting this year and when. Keep in mind that these date are estimates. The exact timing is up to Mother Nature.
The noises coming out of the hazelnut orchard told us something was up. As we walked over to investigate, we realized what we were hearing was the sound of hazelnuts falling to the orchard floor.
Of all the crops we grow, hazelnuts are unique. If we want to know when our hops are ready to pick, we break open the cones, sniff them and run dry matter tests. For our malting barley we bite into the kernels and test for moisture. But when our hazelnuts are ripe they drop from the trees.
Mother Nature was telling it was time to begin the Rogue Farms hazelnut harvest. A new journey from ground to glass.
We could not have asked, prayed or even begged for better pumpkin growing weather this summer at Rogue Farms. Our six acres of Dream pumpkins produced a bountiful crop that’s wonderfully sweet.
And as if she had a point to make about who’s in charge here, Mother Nature decided this year’s harvest would be ready three weeks earlier than last year.
So how you do make farm fresh pumpkin beer from real pumpkins? Here’s how we do it at Rogue Farms.
We’re taking a break during the hop harvest here at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon to give you an update on what’s happening.
As you may have seen in our earlier post, we kicked off the harvest season when we started picking our Freedom Hops. And two days later we picked our Revolution hops.
That leaves us with four more varieties to pick before the harvest winds down in early September.
We do more than grow and pick the hops that we use to create Rogue Farms ales, lagers, stouts and porters… we also process them on the farm just a few feet away from the hopyard.
Here’s the journey, from bine to brew, in photos.
There are two things we worry most about this time of year at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon – wildfires and storms. Either one could wipe out a crop in a matter of minutes.
This weekend, we got a taste of each. Read more