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Spring Comes Early To Rogue Farms

Forget about the calendar or what the groundhog told you. Spring has arrived at Rogue Farms.

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Those small purplish sprouts are this year’s crop of hop bines just emerging from the soil. An inch tall at most, you’d never see them if you’re weren’t looking for them.

This is about two weeks earlier than usual, which says something about how unusually warm its been here this winter. January was two degrees warmer than normal. But February? So far this month, temperatures have been more than five degrees above average.

We’re seeing signs of an early spring everywhere around the farm, including our Prickless Marionberries…

The growth of new buds on our marionberry plants is great news. They’re doing well despite being damaged during the floods in December.
The growth of new buds on our marionberry plants is great news. They’re doing well despite being damaged during the floods in December.

…and in the Revolution Garden.

Woodruff. This plant makes a wonderful syrup that can be used to flavor beer.
Woodruff. This plant makes a wonderful syrup that can be used to flavor beer.
Irises. We harvest the rhizomes, better known as Orris Root.
Irises. We harvest the rhizomes, better known as Orris Root.
Angelica. We harvest and dry the roots to flavor Rogue Spirits Spruce and Pink Spruce Gin.
Angelica. We harvest and dry the roots to flavor Rogue Spirits Spruce and Pink Spruce Gin.

In our neighbor’s cherry orchards, the first buds of the season are appearing.

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So whether you’re on the West Coast wondering what happened to El Niño, or further east trying to survive another blizzard, hope is on the way.

The season of growing beers and spirits has begun at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. Spring is here, and will soon be coming to your town.

Join us at Rogue Farms for another year of growing beers, spirits, ciders and sodas from Ground To Glass.

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