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- MINT -

CAN YOU SMELL IT?

Owen started

growing mint

-1973-

Entering a new market from his onion success. The first few years he grew the mint and sold it to distillers. Then in 1976 the first mint still was installed and we began to grow, distill, and sell the mint oil ourselves.

 

Today, as the largest mint growers in Oregon, Froerer Farms grows about 1,500 combined acres of spearmint, peppermint, and native mint. Each year 180,000 pounds of mint oil gets distributed across the country to companies like Colgate, Wrigley’s, and Crest. Our local mint oil, nationally, flavors items like mouthwash, candy, gum, toothpaste, and even some laundry soaps. Here at the shed, we like to add it to our lemonade in the summer time for a refreshing beverage.

 -The Process-

We begin by purchasing starts from a greenhouse, to ensure they are disease-free. The starts are placed into a mint planter that breaks the roots up into 2-3 inch pieces, drops them in rows, and covers them up. It takes one year for that plant to establish itself with a solid mass of roots. When we are ready to cut the crop, we swamp the fields and wait for them to dehydrate. Our mint plants are chopped into a trailer that has steam pipes in the bottom.

 

Steam is injected into the bottom of the trailer and distributed equally throughout the trailer. It rises to rupture the oil pods underneath the mint leaves, pods too small to see with the naked eye. That oil then changes from a liquid to a vapor and travels with the steam up through a pipe to the condenser, which re-condenses the vapor into a liquid state. Ending in a receiving can is the water and mint oil, which are then separated.  The mint extract is what is sold to various companies like Wrigley’s and Crest.  Each planting provides us with 4-6 years of harvests.

- MINT -

CAN YOU SMELL IT?

- MINT -

CAN YOU SMELL IT?

Owen started

growing mint

-1973-

Entering a new market from his onion success. The first few years he grew the mint and sold it to distillers. Then in 1976 the first mint still was installed and we began to grow, distill, and sell the mint oil ourselves.

 

Today, as the largest mint growers in Oregon, Froerer Farms grows about 1,500 combined acres of spearmint, peppermint, and native mint. Each year 180,000 pounds of mint oil gets distributed across the country to companies like Colgate, Wrigley’s, and Crest. Our local mint oil, nationally, flavors items like mouthwash, candy, gum, toothpaste, and even some laundry soaps. Here at the shed, we like to add it to our lemonade in the summer time for a refreshing beverage.

Owen started

growing mint

-1973-

Entering a new market from his onion success. The first few years he grew the mint and sold it to distillers. Then in 1976 the first mint still was installed and we began to grow, distill, and sell the mint oil ourselves.

 

Today, as the largest mint growers in Oregon, Froerer Farms grows about 1,500 combined acres of spearmint, peppermint, and native mint. Each year 180,000 pounds of mint oil gets distributed across the country to companies like Colgate, Wrigley’s, and Crest. Our local mint oil, nationally, flavors items like mouthwash, candy, gum, toothpaste, and even some laundry soaps. Here at the shed, we like to add it to our lemonade in the summer time for a refreshing beverage.