A Family History of Farming
Cidermaker, boozemaker, orchardist, farmer, and all around plant and fermentation wizard Brian Moore comes from a long line of Oregon farmers — four generations of them to be exact. They have farmed in the Eugene-Springfield area for almost a century, relocating to Seavey Loop Road at the base of Mt. Pisgah 60 years ago. It is not uncommon to meet a local Eugenian who picked beans or strawberries for Brian’s grandparents, Norm and Florence Evonuk, in the 1960s-80s.
Today, Brian’s parents own Me & Moore Farms (also on Seavey Loop), where they grow and sell tree fruits and dozens of vegetable crops. All of the source fruit and herbs used in Evenfall products are grown at Me & Moore and on other parts of the old Evonuk farm.
Our three apple orchards contain over 30 different apple varieties. The 60-year-old orchard was there when Brian’s parents bought the property in 1989. Only irrigated when the season absolutely necessitates and never fertilized, this orchard produces extremely rich and flavorful Gravenstein, Rome, and Yellow Delicious apples. The trees have gnarled, mossy trunks that make them seem more ancient than their 60 years.
This much younger orchard is practically spritely compared to the grand, old trees across the way. It was planted in 2006 and contains Esopus Spitzenburg, Cox Orange Pippin, Empire, Akane, and Red Gravensteins.
First planted in 2015 with an assortment of English, French, Spanish, and American cider varieties, this orchard continues to expand and will start coming into production in 2018. The bittersweet and bittersharp varieties planted here will give us the ability to produce a broader range of ciders and provide an expanded palette of flavors for use in blending.
The pears that we use in our perry come from another very old orchard that contains Williams (Bartlett) and Comice pears. The old trees produce wonderfully fragrant and delicate fruit, perfect for the smooth and elegant style of perry we love. In the coming years this orchard will be expanded to include several English perry varieties as well.
Peaches and Cherries
Planted in 2005, these stately orchards contain four different cherry varieties and over seven varieties of peaches and nectarines. In recent years, the cherry crop for fresh eating has greatly diminished due to the spotted wing fruit fly, an invasive species that lays eggs in ripe fruit, causing it to soften and prematurely rot. While this is not great news for the dozens of u-pickers that flock to ME & Moore at the start of cherry season in June, we are learning how utilize the damaged fruit in our fermentations. And one fun fact about the peach orchards: that’s where Evenfall Owners Brian and Leah got engaged in 2015.