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Pumpkins and Pints

7th Annual Pumpkins & Pints

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Mark your calendar, hold all phone calls, and reschedule all meetings. Pumpkins and Pints is Sunday, October 25th from 12pm-5pm. This annual autumn get-together started with a small group of Standing Stone employees who gathered at the brewpub in October to carve pumpkins with their families. Years later, it has grown to be our biggest event of the year. In 2014 we welcomed hundreds of guests to our farm to carve pumpkins, enjoy BBQ and beer, play games, run amok, and help us celebrate a beautiful southern Oregon day (last year was sunny and 70 degrees). We invite you to come help us do the same in 2015!

hay balesHere’s what’s on the books for this year: weather permitting, we’ll hold the event at One Mile Farm, just down the road from Standing Stone. We’ll provide the pumpkins and carving tools (you’re welcome to bring your own if you take pumpkin carving really seriously), and you just show up with your creative ideas. You can purchase beer, hard cider, lemonade, brats and burgers once you’ve worked up a hearty appetite. We’ll have live music with Swift Pony and Special Guest Sam Cathcart (you can visit their new music store, Hilltop Music Shop, in Ashland) and games to keep kids of all ages entertained.

To get to the farm, follow Oak Street from Standing Stone to the very bottom, where it meets Eagle Mill Road. Take a right, go under the overpass, and find the entrance to our farm immediately after the bridge on the left side of the road. Limited parking is available on the roadside, so we suggest biking to the event to take advantage of front-row, two-wheeled parking inside our pasture. And if these directions are just too confusing, plug in the farm address to your Maps app: 1469 Eagle Mill Road in Ashland.

pastureIf the weather turns sour, our PLAN B is bringing all the pumpkins back to Standing Stone for an indoor/patio event at the brewpub. We’ll call the weather one week prior (check back here or on our social media pages), so you’ll know well in advance where to find us. If the week before is wet, but the event day is sunny, we’ll do it all on the patio outside at the brewpub to avoid the mud and still get some fall-fresh air.

The event is free and family-friendly! And if the weather lets us play at the farm, dogs on leashes are welcome, too. We’re excited to see you all elbow-deep scraping seeds and creating great jack-o-lanterns. Bring along your farm boots and cozy clothes, and we’ll all have some good, old-fashioned autumn time fun!

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2014 Pumpkins & Pints Photo Recap

pumpkinsThank you to everyone who joined us for Pumpkins & Pints last Sunday at Standing Stone’s One Mile Farm! We enjoyed a beautiful Southern Oregon afternoon of pumpkin carving, live music, local food, brews, and fresh air. Kids, adults, and farm animals alike roamed our pastures for our annual brewpub event, and we have more and more fun every year welcoming our community to play and learn on our farm.

New this year, we relaxed with live tunes from Foxfire Trio. The local bluegrass group comprised of Jeff Jones, Glenn Freese and Bob Evonuik inspired both dancing and lounging in the grass. Thanks to the talented trio for creating a foot-stomping and fun atmosphere!

As a special bonus for our event-goers, we debuted our new all-beef, grass-fed hot dogs! We’re now featuring our One Mile Farm beef in 4 oz. franks for both adults and kids. We think this locally-raised product pairs great with Oktoberfest, Amber Ale, and Twin Plunge Double IPA, all of which you can currently imbibe at the brewpub.

Our house photographer, George Rubaloff, was on hand to capture great moments throughout the day. Thanks to all these smiling faces for spending your autumn afternoon with us! We hope you enjoy the photo recap and include the 7th annual event in your plans for October 2015.

6th Annual Pumpkins & Pints in Our Pasture

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(photo: M. Pecoraro)

UPDATE: The weather looks great today, sunny and 70! We’ll see everyone at the farm (1469 Eagle Mill Rd. in Ashland), 12-5pm. To get there: follow Oak St. to the bottom, then turn right on Eagle Mill. The farm entrance is the first driveway on the left after going under the freeway overpass. Car parking is available along the roadside, and bikes are welcome on the pasture. See you this afternoon!

Standing Stone’s annual autumn-time party is just around the corner! Bring your friends, family and farm boots to the 6th Annual Pumpkins and Pints on Our Pasture, at our brewery’s One Mile Farm in Ashland. This all-ages event is Sunday, October 19th from Noon to 5pm. We’ll provide pumpkins, carving tools, and live music– you just show up for some fall-time fun!

One Mile Farm is home to our herds of livestock that provide fresh meat for our brewpub. We also keep bees and process compost on the land, reducing our restaurant’s waste and putting nutrients back into the soil. We’ll have farm staff on hand to answer any questions you have about our four year-old Farm Project, and introduce you to our friendly farm dogs, Stone and IPA. If you plan on stomping around our pasture a bit, we suggest boots to stay warm and dry.

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Foxfire Trio

This year, we look forward to live music with Foxfire Trio (2:15-5pm). Bob Evoniuk, Jeff Jones and Glenn Freese will provide upbeat, progressive bluegrass for all to enjoy while sipping beer and snacking on fare from the grill. We’re looking forward to One Mile Farm burgers and hot dogs, as well as cookies to snack on for the kiddos.  OktoberfestI Heart Oregon Ale, and Apple Bandit Hard Cider will flow from the taps, as well as Cherry Lemonade for those wanting an all-ages drink. We’ll have a card-reader available for purchases, and One Mile Farm logo tees on hand in men, women and kid sizes.

To get to the farm, follow Oak Street from Standing Stone to the very bottom, where it meets Eagle Mill Road. Take a right, go under the overpass, and find the entrance to our farm immediately after the bridge on the left side of the road. Limited parking is available on the roadside, so we suggest biking to the event to take advantage of front-row, two-wheeled parking inside our pasture.

In case the weather turns sour (but we don’t think it will), we’ll hold the event at the brewery in downtown Ashland. You’ll find a cozy pumpkin-carving space either on our patio or in our dining room, with all beers on tap and a full menu available. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated via our News on Tap blog, Facebook pageTwitter and website calendar. You can also call the brewpub on the day of Pumpkins and Pints to double-check on the location of the festivities: (541) 482-2448.

We hope to see you there with carving ideas and hearty appetites! We’ll set up a photo area (new this year) for you to snap shots with your Halloween-ready pumpkins. We’re excited to make 2014 the best Pumpkins and Pints yet!

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(photo: M. Pecoraro)

5th Annual Pumpkins and Pints in Our Pasture

Ready your pumpkin-carving hands for the 5th Annual Pumpkins and Pints on Our Pasture! This family-friendly Standing Stone event is Sunday, October 20th from Noon-5pm. Bring your carving ideas, loved-ones and appetites for some old-fashioned, outdoor seasonal fun!landscape pumpkins and pints

This autumn-time party is in its fifth year, and we think it gets better and better every occasion. From its humble beginning at the brewpub with about 40 people in attendance, the event has grown to over 300 people the last two years, and we love that our community enjoys coming together over food, beer and fall festivities!

Weather permitting, we’ll host the event on our Standing Stone One Mile Farm on Eagle Mill Road in Ashland. This 265 acre parcel is home to the cows, chickens, lambs and bees that provide us with a local food source for our brewpub menu, and we love when they can be part of the celebration.

We’ll join our farm friends outdoors for fresh air, pumpkin carving, beer-on-tap, seasonal food from the grill, and live music with local talent, Turner Moore Band (1-4pm). We’ll supply the pumpkins and carving tools for making jack-o-lanterns, or you’re welcome to bring your own if you have a special squash in mind. Standing Stone beer, lemonade, burgers, bratwursts, hot dogs and more will be available for when you work up a thirst and appetite from all your carving.pumpkins and pints group 2

We’ll also have farm staff on hand to answer any questions you have about our 3 year-old Farm Project. We source all our eggs, beef and poultry for the brewpub from the animals on our pasture, keeping the food loop as close to home as we can. We also compost the all restaurant’s food waste, and harvest blackberries in season for special desserts and sauces. If you plan on walking around our pasture a bit, we suggest wearing rubber boots to keep your feet warm and dry.

To get to our farm, follow Oak Street from Standing Stone to the very bottom, where it converges with Eagle Mill Road. Take a right and go under the overpass. The entrance to our farm is immediately after the bridge on the left side of the road. Limited parking is available on the roadside, and we suggest biking to the event to take advantage of front-row, two-wheeled parking inside our gates. After all, isn’t getting fresh autumn air part of what this event is all about?jackolantern

We hope to see you there, making scary, smiley, senseless or strange jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! In case the weather is rainier than we hope, we’ll still hold the event at the brewery in downtown Ashland. We’ll be sure to keep everyone updated via our News on Tap blog, Facebook page, Twitter and website calendar. You can also call the brewpub on the day of Pumpkins and Pints to double-check on the location of the festivities: (541) 482-2448.

4th Annual Pumpkins & Pints in Our Pastures

NEW LOCATION UPDATE: The rain this last week has made our pasture pretty muddy, so we’re moving the festivities to Standing Stone! Same pumpkins, same live music, same yummy fare and a cozy new space. If the weather is nice, we’ll take it all outside to the patio for fresh air and autumn mountain views. If it rains, we’ll stay warm inside by the wood-fired oven. Either way, we hope to see you downtown on Sunday, October 21st, 12-5pm, at Standing Stone Brewing Co at 101 Oak St.

It’s that time of year again… We’ll gather up the grill, lots of seasonal beverages and food and loads of carving-ready pumpkins and haul them all to Standing Stone Farm for our Pumpkins and Pints celebration! This 4th annual all-ages get-together will take place Sunday, October 21st from Noon-5pm. We’ll spend the afternoon enjoying plenty of family-friendly fun on our pastures on Eagle Mill Rd. in Ashland, OR.

Just like years past, we have lots on the slate for a relaxing day outdoors with good friends, yummy fare and fresh fall air. We’ll have piles of pumpkins and carving tools for a great, big jack-o-lantern gathering. Feel free to bring your own special pumpkin, or carve one of ours! We’ll enjoy live music from Jeff Kloetzel and friends on guitar, mandolin and harmonica, as well as tunes from Standing Stone employees Brandon Schilling and Sam Cathcart. We’ll bring our refrigerated trailer to serve beer on tap (including Okotberfest Lager) and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as lots of food to enjoy from the grill.

This seasonal celebration comes just in time for the one-year anniversary of our Standing Stone Farm Project. Last October, we leased 265 acres of land to launch a farm to supply our brewpub with a local, sustainable source for meat and eggs. A year later, we’ve populated the pastures with cows, sheep, chickens, bees, and three guard dogs. The livestock and chickens follow each other in a rotating pattern around the farm, rejuvenating and replenishing the soil as they go, while the bees help pollinate the plants in the area and give us honey. Now, we get all our beef exclusively from our own cows, as well as all the eggs we can handle, and there’s lots more to come. It’s been great fun with great rewards!

To offer a better idea of how our farm operates, we’ll have Standing Stone employees on-hand hosting tours throughout the day. If you’d like to learn more about our multi-species rotational grazing and meet our animals, or if you’d just like to enjoy a stroll through the fields, be sure to bring a pair of your favorite farm boots for hiking around the hills and through the grass.

Happy Fall season to all, and we hope to see you at the 4th Annual Pumpkins and Pints!

Thanks for Joining Us! Pumpkins and Pints Recap

Wow! We want to send a big thanks to everyone who joined us for the Pumpkins and Pints in Our Pasture celebration on Sunday, October 23rd. We enjoyed the fine company and fresh air on a full day out on our farm.

Record numbers of eager pumpkin carvers and friends flocked to our new farmland in Ashland, OR for the third year Standing Stone’s annual pre-Halloween event. We were so happy to host it on our farm this year to enjoy the weather and seasonal fare of fall and welcome everyone to our new land.

Together, everyone carved 120 pumpkins! We’re excited to see these great jack-o-lanterns on porches and doorsteps around town. We also went through lots of apple cider and ale on tap, as well as bratwursts, burgers, veggie burgers and pears, since the pumpkin carvers and bike cyclists worked up a thirst and hunger on the warm day.

A big thank you to the musicians who played for our guests! Standing Stone employees Sarah Goldberg, Alex Davis-Mauney, and Brandon Schilling all took part in furthering the ambiance by offering their musical talents. Local musician, Jeff Kloetzel also joined in the fun, bringing Jef Ramsey on mandolin to accompany him on guitar and vocals.

We had our farm gurus on hand to educate interested people about our practices and plans, and introduce everyone to our new cows, chickens and farm dogs (or puppies, for now). Folks got up close and personal with these new Standing Stone family members, as well as some visiting goats and horses from Valley View Beef’s Dave Westerberg, who rode in with cowboy boots and hat.

We’re excited to put together more events out on the pasture as our farm grows and grows. Stay tuned for more news and pictures of our land and our animal residents, as we’ll keep everyone up to date on this fun farm building. You can also visit our Facebook page to view even more photos of Pumpkins and Pints 2011. Thanks again for joining us!

Standing Stone Farm Project Launches!

Melza, Alex Brandon and Rachel at our farm (photo: M. Schweisguth)

There’s an extra special buzz around here lately since we moved onto our new farmland on October 1st, launching the Standing Stone Farm Project. To prepare this new home for our chickens and cows, our farm team is spending lots of time there, especially Co-owner Alex, Server/Sustainability Coordinator Brandon Schilling, Server/Chicken Caretaker Melza Quinn and our fence and irrigation team. We’re excited about this latest step in our journey to produce our own food and shrink our environmental footprint.

We’ve long made it a priority to purchase sustainable and locally produced ingredients to maximize quality, reduce environmental impacts and support our local economy. Our menu features produce from diverse family farms, beer made with Alpha Beta hops, Rogue Creamery Cheese, regional wines and Noble Coffee, among other regional delights. We’ve also undertaken significant measures to reduce waste through landfill diversion while slashing energy use and installing solar panels.

In 2009, we began using beef from Valley View Beef in Ashland, OR and started musing about raising our own food. Since Valley View raises grass-fed beef on expansive, chemical-free pasture using rotational grazing, we asked owner Dave Westerberg if we could start a chicken flock there. He heartily agreed, and we got hens that produce all the eggs we need. We started our own composting operation there, too.

Seeking to produce more of our ingredients, we developed a plan for our own farm and began looking for land. Our plan included adding chickens for poultry, purchasing our own cattle and composting kitchen waste. As luck would have it, the City of Ashland put out a Request for Proposals for City-owned pasture a mile from our restaurant, so we applied.

After the City approved our proposal (hooray!), we started preparing by raising breeder chickens for poultry and purchasing cattle from a neighboring farm. Melza, who plays a central role in caretaking our egg layers, took the lead in researching and selecting heritage chicken breeds  for full-flavored poultry. We purchased chicks this summer, which are now growing hens that will reproduce to create our poultry flock. They’re Delaware, New Hampshire, Wyandotte, and Australorp breeds, coloring the pasture white, red, orange and black feathers. We also bought three Anatolian Shepherd sheepdogs, named IPA, Stone and Ruby, whom we’re training to herd our cows.

On October 1st, we began preparing the site for our chickens and cattle, starting with fence building. We’re looking forward to seeing our livestock make themselves at home in their spacious digs. Like Valley View, we’re using a rotational grazing system wherein cows and chickens cycle through different sections of pasture to prevent over-compaction and over-grazing, and help the land rejuvenate.

We’re working on additional farm activities to localize more of our food (bees…honey..mmmmm), further our environmental goals and welcome our community to learn and enjoy. For starters, we’re holding our Third Annual Pumpkins and Pints there on October 23, and invite all to attend. In additional to the usual pumpkin carving, food and drinks, Brandon and Melza will share our vision and plans for the farm, and you’ll be able to get up close and personal with our chickens and cattle, who will be moved onto our farm by then. We hope to see you there!

3rd Annual Pumpkins and Pints in Our Pasture

At Standing Stone, we love reasons to celebrate! Bringing together friends over good food and fresh beer is our idea of paradise.

So, we’re excited to invite you to join us on Sunday, October 23rd from noon until 5 pm for a special, all-ages happening. We’re combining a few great reasons to celebrate into one family-friendly, fun seasonal event: the 3rd Annual Pumpkins and Pints – in Our Pasture! It will be held on our own farm, located on Eagle Mill Road in Ashland, OR.

On October 1st, we proudly began our latest endeavor, the Standing Stone Farm Project. We’re leasing the farm land from the City of Ashland. It’s now home to 15 cows and over 200 chickens grazing freely on sustainably grown pasture to fuel our restaurant menu. This represents the next step up in our mission to grow and raise much of our own food, furthering our journey toward zero-waste and offering sustainably and locally grown fare for the health of our customers and the planet. Among other plans for the farm, we’ll also compost our restaurant waste, harvest fruit from resident plants and create an outreach program to get our local community involved in the fun!
 Our Farm Project begins just in time for our Pumpkins and Pints celebration, and we think this annual get together is a great opportunity to bring people to our new land and enjoy some fresh fall air. For this well-loved event, we gather the pumpkins and provide all the necessary tools for a carving party, along with seasonal specialty food, kids’ drinks and Oktoberfest beer.

On top of the usual carving, food and drink, this year’s festivities will include welcoming our happy cows and chickens to their new home. We’ll have staff on hand to talk about our goals and sustainability mission, and introduce you to our farm animals face to face. We’ll carve loads of pumpkins– you just bring your creativity and we’ll supply the rest! We’ll have beer on tap and apple cider for drinking, as well as some yummy food in case you get hungry from all that carving.

To get to our new farm, follow Oak St. to the very bottom, and then take a right on Eagle Mill Rd. and go under the bridge. The entrance to the pasture is on the left side of the road. We’ll have bicycle parking right up front, and encourage everyone to use two wheeled transportation to enjoy some fresh autumn air, exercise and great views.

Happy Fall, and we all look forward to seeing you there!