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All It Took Was A Few Days Of Sunshine

There’s no going back now. Just a few days of sunshine is all it took to turn winter into spring. In addition to the first bines of the season, here’s a look at the other signs of spring at the Rogue Farms Hopyard.


Left: A Rogue Honeybee in a maple tree. Right: Visiting a daffodil.
Left: A Rogue Honeybee in a maple tree. Right: Visiting a daffodil.

As the days get warmer, the Rogue Honeybees can leave the hives more often. They’re finding nectar in some of our maple trees, daffodils, early blooming wildflowers and the hazelnuts next door.

A Free Range Chick enjoying a walk in the sunshine.
A Free Range Chick enjoying a walk in the sunshine.

Sunny days mean better hygiene for the Free Range Chicks and Royal Palm Turkeys. The extra light makes it easier for them to remove bugs and dirt from their feathers. The sun also kills germs, in effect sterilizing the feathers and keeping the poultry healthy.

Not a sled, but a real rosebud.
Not a sled, but a real rosebud.

What you’re looking at here is one of the first buds on our roses. We’ve been using Oregon grown rose petals in our Mom Hefeweizen and in the custom beer we created for the Portland Rose Festival. So why not grow our own? These rose bushes were planted a year ago and we’ll get our first harvest of petals in 2013.