Our Goal for this Blog

Over the years we have received and continue to receive numerous phone calls and emails asking many different farm related questions. Our thought is that we would try out a blog to keep people up to date on what we are doing here on Puterbaugh Farms and at Hops Direct.

We will just jump right into where we are at in the growing season with a very brief look at what it took to get the hops to the stage they are in now. If interest is actually shown and people are looking for more information we will continue through the winter and pick up the beginning next spring, which will allow everyone to get a feel for what a full crop year looks like from a hop grower's perspective and all of the many challenges involved. We hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Now we wait

Currently we are just waiting around for cones to mature. This does not mean we are doing nothing, but I can think of nothing exciting to share right now. Mostly life consists of fixing broken pipes, cleaning up graffiti on our machinery for the fourth time in two weeks, taking flat tires to town, and keeping on top of the pest and disease situations. We have also finished getting one of our picking machines completely prepared for harvest and are moving onto getting the other one ready as well. Please email me some questions if there is a topic you think I could touch on between now and harvest time.


stien non said...

Would love to hear about the "pests" and how you deal with them. Tell us the difficult side of harps farming too! Otherwise we will all get into it!

Hopsdirect said...

Starting the blog in the middle of the season might be the reason for this impression, we missed the trials of getting new yard planted and having the babies freeze in the greenhouses. The trials of trying to get our twine in from overseas and get wire out of the ports where is was being held for reasons that no one can explain.

Or I guess we could just give one simple answer.

Harvest is coming...