For frequent readers, there's no secret about my main inspiration for starting Hawksbill Hop Yards: my neighbor Dan's small hop yard that supplies his "Beaver Run Brewery" endeavor. Dan keeps between 20 and 30 plants up there - and he has seven or eight varieties.
Part of his property includes a two-acre forest of cedars that grow straight and tall, which are the source of some of his poles. The lines are strung at 10 feet so he can reach them with a ladder, and since many of these plants are more than five years old, they yield quite well. By the end of May, they'll have reached the top of the trellis
While Mary and I were at the vineyard on Saturday, Dan texted that he was working out in the hop yard cleaning up and stringing for this year's growing season. I stopped by on Sunday to have a look - everything is neat and clean, and many of the hills are already sprouting growth. This one here has some sprouts that look ready to take off, even though it is only April.
Looks like it will be a solid year for him and Beaver Run Brewery!