Holmestead Hops began in 2015 with 30 Cascade hop plants. A harvest yield of 2 lbs and an amazing batch of a bourbon infused, wet-hopped IPA home-brew got us thinking that we might just want to plant some more. This year we will expand by 1,875 more Centennial and Cascade hop plants on 2 acres. We're busy planning … Continue reading About Holmestead Hops
Cornell held their annual hop conference on December 3rd at Morrisville State College. This was our second Cornell Hop Conference and, as always, we learned a lot. Here's our Top Ten list from the conference: Driving in the wee hours of the morning - We told ourselves that we should find a hotel nearby last year … Continue reading 2016 Cornell Hop Conference – Top Ten!
I know, I know. It's been forever since we posted anything. And there has definitely been some action around here. Just before Labor Day weekend the hops were finally ready (meaning they were at the correct moisture content)! We sent them into the lab and were thrilled to see that the acid levels were within the … Continue reading Time Flies During Harvest Season
Now that we are back from vacation, we have news! The new Cascade hops out in the field have hop cones! I guess a watched pot never boils. There was a crazy hot spell while we were gone so we had some concerns that there would be a lot of stressed plants when we … Continue reading All About Them Hop Cones
Love July. I know it's hot out there, but we are in the middle of summer with plenty of time for hikes, barbecues, town fairs and festivals, beer on the front porch, and warm tomatoes out of the garden before cooler weather sets in and school starts. Ahhhh. Anyway, the hop farm. We had deer … Continue reading July on the Farm
We have been getting rain! About a 1/2 inch every few days this week. Perfect for the little hops - they get a good amount of water and we don't have to run the irrigation pump. We left off with all the plants finally in the field and now we need to give them something … Continue reading In a Bine
Happy 4th of July! Hope the weekend was full of good food and good times. Maybe a little relaxing, too. Thought we would never get to say.... THE HOPS ARE ALL PLANTED! And this is how we feel about it: https://youtu.be/vHfMOCW76yY Now that they're in the ground and we are anxiously waiting on rain we should talk … Continue reading Boom! Hops are in the Ground
We picked up the hop plants...finally, right? After placing the order in early January, our hops were ready to be picked up! 75 trays of Cascade and 50 trays of Centennial hops. Each tray holds 15 plants... yikes that's a lot of plants....so we needed a way for them to survive the 4 hour trip … Continue reading Road Trip!
The hop farm got a new sign this week! We also finally updated our About page, so definitely check that out. We got a few more sheep. I know what you're thinking! Technically we don't know anything about sheep so why ever would we increase the herd so quickly? Briggs and Stratton just couldn't keep up. So … Continue reading Short and Sweet!
The hop plants are going in a field that has been pasture since the farm was established back in the late 1800's. That's some deep roots. The less the hop plants are crowded by things the better for all the reasons you can probably guess - they aren't competing for nutrients, they have plenty of air … Continue reading Ewe Have to Meet the New Mowing Crew
Digging holes isn't the worst thing ever, right? I mean - we have all planted something at one time or another. Maybe even a garden of somethings. It isn't fun, but it isn't horrible. This was what I was thinking during the winter when we were planning out the hop farm. I figured digging the … Continue reading Still Digging out of This Mess