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A Sure Sign Of Fall

As we wrap up the hop harvest here at Rogue Farms, we’re entering a quieter season.


Fall brings us cooler nights, western breezes, and the soft sounds of falling hazelnuts.

The hazelnut orchard at Kirk Family Filberts.
The hazelnut orchard at Kirk Family Filberts.

We’re in the middle of hazelnut country. More than 99% of hazelnuts grown in the US come from one of the orchards that surround our farm. Just next door, the Kirk family is getting ready to pick this year’s crop.

The nuts start falling in mid to late September, when the nights are cool and the trees know it’s time to let go.
The nuts start falling in mid to late September, when the nights are cool and the trees know it’s time to let go.

Watching the hazelnuts fall is a slow motion spectacle, stretching on for weeks before enough nuts have fallen to begin picking. The Kirks wait patiently until the time is right.

Harvest begins when about two-thirds of the expected crop is on the ground.
Harvest begins when about two-thirds of the expected crop is on the ground.

We’re anticipating the hazelnut harvest just as much as the Kirks. That’s because they grow the hazelnuts we roast and infuse into Rogue Spirits Hazelnut Spice Rum. As much as we love growing our own ingredients, we also appreciate that sometimes all we have to do is walk next door and get what we need from our neighbors.

Toast the Kirks and that made only in Oregon flavor the next time you open a bottle of Hazelnut Spice Rum.

Don’t forget, we’re open every day. Head out to Rogue Farms and see how we grow beers, spirits, ciders and sodas from ground to glass.

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