We took a stroll through our hopyard this morning and look at what we found!
The first bines of the season are emerging from the soil. They’re so tiny, about the size of a bottle cap, we almost didn’t see them.
At Rogue Farms, we know that spring begins when the bines emerge from the dirt. It just so happens that, this year, they appeared on the first official day of spring according to the calendar. A bit of serendipity that has us grinning from ear to ear.
It still amazes us that in the next five months, these tiny sprouts will grow another 20 feet or more up the trellises until they’re bursting with hop cones.
Next door in the cherry orchards, the buds are out and will soon bloom into beautiful flowers. The timing couldn’t be better. Our 7,140,289 honeybees return from California this weekend and the cherry trees are one of their favorite places to forage for nectar.
Also next door, at Kirk Family Filberts, their 98-acre hazelnut orchard is filling in with leaves.
It feels good to know we’ve turned a corner and a new season of growing beers, spirits, ciders and sodas is underway. But the start of spring also teaches us an important truth. Looking down at the emerging bines reminds us of where all beer and spirits begin – in the dirt.
Come see for yourself this spring with a visit to Rogue Farms and join us for another adventure from ground to glass.