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From the Farm

Mr. Green Genes Series – Vol. 2 – Why Hops?

Premise: see former post about Fantasy vs. Reality.  This post, by Mr. Green Genes is in response to the many inquiries we get about people “interested in” or “thinking about” or “wondering if you could answer a few questions about” – putting in a hop yard. WHY HOPS? EASY ANSWERS (not necessarily the opinions of … Continue reading »

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Time for a reality check – hop fantasies, Mr. Green Gene Series, 1 of ?

OK.  Where do I start?  I’ve had a few days to get the heart rate down from some (literal) muddy ruts on the road to building an end to end hop processing center in Southwest Michigan- tractor stuck, semi delivering planting paper stuck, contractors’ trucks stuck, ice to mud back to ice… So, there’s a … Continue reading »

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Growing Hops is a LOT of Work- Even in the Winter: a note fromHopHeadBon

Hello out there, in internet land!  Jeff and I get a lot of questions like: “What do you guys do in the winter?“ “When do you start to get busy?“ and  “What are you doing on the farm right now” Well, these are all good questions I guess.  Jeff gets a little annoyed because he … Continue reading »

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Lessons from the USA Hop Convention: A note from HopHead Bon

      It is Day 1 of the 2013 USA Hop Convention.  Jeff and I arrived in Chico last night.   We had a great time hanging out with many PNW hop growers in the lounge at the hotel. This is just the beginning.  We have 4 more days to go.  Each day we will … Continue reading »

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Team Hop Head Taking on New Members! a note from Hop Head Bon

Harvest was completed just a few short weeks ago.  The hop yard is all put to bed for the winter.  Now we begin planning for next year.  The work is never over.  It just changes gears. Jeff, Nunzino and I have some time to reflect on what we have built and what is yet to … Continue reading »

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“The Brew View” DryHop Brewers Q & A with Bob Benenson

Greg Shuff (owner) and Brant Dubovick (head brewer), DryHop Chicago brewpub, July 16, 2012:   Have you ever joked about beer being better than sex? That proposition will get a new twist in a few months when DryHop — a gastro-pub with an all-star lineup in the brewhouse and kitchen — opens in a Chicago … Continue reading »

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Sam Sherwood, head brewer, Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro, Hastings, Michigan

The southwestern portion of Michigan has become a hotbed for craft brewing over the past couple of decades, with producers such as Bell’s (of Kalamazoo) and Founders (of Grand Rapids) growing into nationally recognized brands, and others gaining serious regional reputations. Yet when Michigan Travel and Vacation magazine in June 2012 named the winner of … Continue reading »

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A Welcome to Hop Head Bob

This spring we had the pleasure of meeting Bob Benenson.  He is a writer going through a sort of rebirth.  Having been a political writer and editor for many years (something I try to stay far away from), Bob decided to make the move to more enjoyable things in life.  That move brought Bob, his … Continue reading »

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Hops Growing a Community or A Community Growing Hops?- a note from HopHeadBon

Wow!  Well, here we are on the 26th of July!  I am feeling a bit reflective and very thankful.  I want to take some time to acknowledge  some folks who have really made a difference in the growth of Hop Head Farms. We are a part of a wonderful community here in Hickory Corners.  Neighbors, … Continue reading »

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Biologicals at Work in Hop Yard

  Eeewww! Yuck.  Nasty. We were recently up close and personal with one of Humulus lupulus l.’s mortal enemies, the two-spotted spider mite.  Here you can see several individuals as well as a bunch of their eggs that I took a snapshot of with our digital microscope.  A couple days back I saw a predator … Continue reading »

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