Punxsutawney Phil is a meteorological rodent known for his winter predictions but his success rate continues to decline. Maybe he saw his shadow but our budding plants on Rogue Farms in Independence, Ore. are telling a different story.
Due to the mild Oregon winter, our crops have begun budding earlier than usual which means our newly planted Rainier Cherry trees and Golden Raspberries are scheduled to bloom early spring. These and other fresh ingredients will be used to craft new and exciting brews in coming months.
The farm welcomed a few improvements this year such as an irrigation system and a heated grow room for the more fragile crops. The brand new drip irrigation system is stationed in our two-acre Prickless Marionberry field. While it may not look like much now, the results of this addition will drastically improve this year's harvest. Drip irrigation allows more efficient hydration by eliminating overhead watering, simplifying fertilization, and will result in a much higher yield of plump, delicious marionberries.
Our Plant Whisperer, Stacia isn't the only one working year-round on the farm. Our potbellied pigs, Voo & Doo help keep her company and graze on snacks from the farm when they're not sleeping.
Growing beer is a year-round job that requires constant attention and innovation to improve. Is it the easiest way? No. Is it the cheapest way? Hell no. Is it the Rogue way? You better believe it.
We look forward to having a pint with you at the farm.