Bit late for new year wishes but that about sums up this season so far! We didn't get the hops to full height this year for a number reasons; time pressures, equipment failures, family, day jobs and a fear of heights. But we did expand the trial to include a few new varieties; Fuggles, Saaz, Columbus, and Challenger which is exciting.
With a warm summer, consistent watering and more targeted nutrient application the hops are looking pretty good, although we're not expecting large volumes. Based on the size, smell, feel and last years harvest date we expect to start picking the Chinook in the last week of February but further testing will confirm when they are ready. Cascade & Goldings will be ready later.
If you're looking to get your hands on some fresh hops email us, firstname.lastname@example.org
I can tell you now, they smell amazing!!!