A Eugene brewery has devised an interesting new way to supplement its business income during the coronavirus crisis. Alesong Brewing & Blending has been putting the acreage that surrounds its brewery in Lane County to good use by planting produce like kale.
“We sowed our first crop of greens in mid-February and some are getting ready to harvest this week,” says Alesong Brewmaster Matt Van Wyk. “Chard, kale, collards, lettuce, it’s all out there and growing at a pretty good clip.”
“Our estate property has really provided us with a unique opportunity to take on a new revenue stream that also helps us benefit the community,” added Founder Doug Coombs. “I mean, you’ve seen how the shelves at Oregon grocers look whenever there’s any news of inclement weather. This outbreak has been like having a constant blizzard for weeks, and the stores need all the help they can get to keep greens in stock.”
According to Van Wyk, “we lost one acre of greens right away after I hooked the hose up to the caustic rather than the fertilizer. Man did those plants die fast! We figured out how to be really careful after that first mistake.”