There’s a reason why your parents never told you about the beers and the bees. They don’t know any better.
Hops aren’t pollinated. Barley is pollinated by the wind. No bees are required to make beer using those traditional ingredients.
At Rogue Farms we respect tradition, but we’re not bound to it either. We grow dozens of ingredients beyond hops and barley, and we need lots of honeybees to do it. 7,140,289 bees by our last count.
We’re thinking about beer and bees because this week our 2 acres of Prickless Marionberries are budding and flowering.
We placed our hives next to the marionberries because we know how much our bees love them. As soon as the white flowers began popping, the honeybees were busy foraging.
Honeybees perform two important duties for us. First, by pollinating our marionberries they help us grow a higher quality crop and more of it. The same is true for our jalapeño peppers, cucumbers and Dream Pumpkins that flower later in the season.
And it’s not just beer they help us grow, it’s also spirits.
From spring through summer, the Rogue Farms honeybees visit millions of flowers to create just a pound of honey. The honey gathering season begins early with blossoming cherries, apples and pears, and then moves on to roses, rhododendrons and daffodils. By the end of spring our Prickless Marionberries are in bloom, soon to be followed by our jalapeños and pumpkins. Then there’s the wildflowers, clover and wild berries that surround the farm all season long.
The honey gathered and produced by our honeybees has all of the flavors of Rogue Farms. It’s truly the taste of the terroir. Try a bottle or a glass and taste it for yourself.
This is a great time to visit Rogue Farms. Our berries are blooming, our bees are busy and our hops are climbing. Join us and see how we Grow The Revolution!