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Early Buds Mean More Suds

Springtime came early but it's okay. It happens to lots of farms.

Punxsutawney Phil is a meteorological rodent known for his winter predictions but his success rate continues to decline. Maybe he saw his shadow but our budding plants on Rogue Farms in Independence, Ore. are telling a different story.

Due to the mild Oregon winter, our crops have begun budding earlier than usual which means our newly planted Rainier Cherry trees and Golden Raspberries are scheduled to bloom early spring. These and other fresh ingredients will be used to craft new and exciting brews in coming months.

Some hop shoots emerging early from rhizomes.
Some hop shoots emerging early from rhizomes.

The farm welcomed a few improvements this year such as an irrigation system and a heated grow room for the more fragile crops. The brand new drip irrigation system is stationed in our two-acre Prickless Marionberry field. While it may not look like much now, the results of this addition will drastically improve this year's harvest. Drip irrigation allows more efficient hydration by eliminating overhead watering, simplifying fertilization, and will result in a much higher yield of plump, delicious marionberries.

The new drip irrigation system in the Prickless Marionberry field.
The new drip irrigation system in the Prickless Marionberry field.

Our Plant Whisperer, Stacia isn't the only one working year-round on the farm. Our potbellied pigs, Voo & Doo help keep her company and graze on snacks from the farm when they're not sleeping.

Stacia with one of our Pot Bellied Pigs
Stacia with one of our Pot Bellied Pigs

Growing beer is a year-round job that requires constant attention and innovation to improve. Is it the easiest way? No. Is it the cheapest way? Hell no. Is it the Rogue way? You better believe it.

Rogue Farms Chatoe Tasting Room in Independence, Ore. will reopen March 1st so be sure to check the Rogue Farms Facebook page for updates and events.

We look forward to having a pint with you at the farm.