Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Hops are Hoppin'

Yes, I grow hops. I have two vines, and this year they are LOADED with flowers:

People ask me why I grow 'em. I don't drink (aside from water and occasionally juices), and therefore have no real interest in brewing. So, why grow the hops? Well...because I think they are pretty nifty looking plants. I love the flowers! And, if I had a pergola, or other structures to surround a formal garden, they'd be great to grow up and over the things. As it is, they are next to the dog fence and grow upon it instead.

I've contemplated doing a harvest and selling them to home brewers, but I don't know where to start. If you live in the Adirondacks and are doing some home-brewing, and you are interested in a local source of hops, let me know!


Garden Lily said...

I agree that they're pretty cool-looking flowers.

Dave said...

I would love to brew with your hops. Are you still growing them?
Let me know.

Ellen Rathbone said...

Sorry, Dave, I no longer live there! Had to move about 3 years ago - lost my job. Knowing the kids who bought my house, I suspect the hops are no longer there. I only had two vines anyway...probably wouldn't have been enough for you to use, unless you do really micro microbrews!