Three varieties of Rhubarb are available from local farm partners Valley Flora Farm (Langlois) and Norm Lehne Garden & Orchards (Roseburg). Both farms grow rhubarb using organic practices.
Lehne’s rhubarb comes on in mid-Spring: “Victoria” (introduced in honor of Queen Victoria in 1837, making it an heirloom variety), with large, fat, tender stems, bright red skin, and a tart, apple-gooseberry flavor; and what Glenn named “Vancouver” (because he came across it while living in Vancouver), which ripens a bit later than Victoria, and whose stalks are greener and thinner.
Valley Flora’s rhubarb is a late spring/early summer variety that has ruby-crimson stalks and is red all the way through. The variety name is unknown (so we just refer to it as “Ruby”), but you can count on this beautiful red rhubarb having the same sweet-tart flavor as the other two.