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  • July Hopper Update 2017
    July 19, 2017
    Greetings Hop heads! July is half over and I'm finally sitting long enough to write a short update. We have seen all kinds of new growth over the course of this year, and have also been met with some ...
  • Hop Harvest 2016
    September 8, 2016
    So my friends, what do you get? Another year older and deeper in debt! I'm sorry to open this uplifting post with such a negative vibe, but I'm trying to make a point. Unlike the song lyrics that I...
  • Summer 2016 Hop Update
    June 28, 2016
    Hello Hopheads from the summer of 2016 here at Orange County Hops. School is out, the hops are growing faster than the weeds, and the weather has been beautiful so far this growing season. Ed and Jerr...
  • What Hoppened to Spring?
    April 3, 2016
    Welcome to spring! I know the calendar reads April 3, 2016, but the farm shows a scene more reminiscent of February. No, wait! In February we had no snow and an average temperature of about 50 degr...
  • How the term "jazz" origi...
    February 9, 2016
    Recently my friend Lovano gave me a book that traces the history of jazz from its earliest New Orleans beginnings through today, chronicling the contributions of Italian Americans to this great music....
  • Cheese Party
    January 18, 2016
    Welcome to winter. Well, it's supposed to be winter, but the lack of snow and the lack of consistent cold air has made the first two months feel more like early March than December and January. Here w...
  • Hop Harvest 2015
    October 2, 2015
      2015, year two of our growing hop experience has come and gone in a flash! The summer of 2015 turned out to be one of the hottest and driest on record, but never fear, our irrigation was nea...
  • July Hopdate 2015
    July 28, 2015
    July arrived and we were off to Cooperstown for our fist mini-camp of the summer,a business trip built around a Hop Conference. We attend as many of these things that we can in an attempt to expand ou...
  • June 2015 Hop Update
    June 30, 2015
    May and June were very busy months on the hop farm. We still had snow on the ground on April 10, delaying the growing season by a couple of weeks, but once things started growing we were unable to kee...
  • Spring 2015 at Orange Cou...
    April 14, 2015
      April brings promise of new life and certainly new growth here in the Northeast. Winter has all but slipped away, with the last bit of snow disappearing into the soggy turf as the spring sun...
  • Seasons Greetings from Or...
    December 24, 2014
    Cheers to all! Best wishes in the new year!   Season's greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our friends and well wishers. We have been working behind the scenes getting r...
  • First Harvest at Orange C...
    August 30, 2014
    Orange County Hops Harvest 2014 Welcome hopheads to the August update of Orange County Hops, LLC. We picked and plucked our brains out over three days beginning on Friday, August 22, 2014 and endi...
  • July 2014 Update at Orang...
    July 31, 2014
    This morning I woke up to the first rainy day since the beginning of the month and decided that I should provide an update before July was gone! Whew! Just made it. So much has happened since the last...
  • June is busting out all o...
    June 10, 2014
    June update 2014 Wow! Here we are one month later and the hops are growing like crazy. Its hard to believe how far we've come in such a short time. I thought for a while during May that we would...
  • We are Planted! (thanks t...
    May 7, 2014
    A Hoppy Day Alva and I are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends and family willing to lend a hand at a moment's notice. Without their help, we never would have completed this planting in on...
  • CTO Hired for Orange Coun...
    April 15, 2014
    Welcome Papa April rain, Easter vacation, warm weather, and Nanny and Papa's return from the deep south are all welcome events here at Orange County Hops! We could use a little less water so my rec...
  • Hop Update March 2014
    March 30, 2014
    March Update Did I mention that I have great neighbors? Frank stopped by two weekends in March to lend a hand. The snow continued to blanket the field, but at least it kept the mud down. Frank and ...
  • Whitey, carvings, and oth...
    February 14, 2014
    Favorite Photos So we'll start with the white deer. I called him Whitey. He actually scared the crap out of me the first time I saw him. He appeared for photographs about once every three weeks in th...
  • Our Hop Farm
    February 14, 2014
    Orange County Hops is a new hop farm in Orange county NY. We welcome your visit and encourage you to follow our story here.  Although we are currently under construction, we intend to have our hops fu...
  • Winter 2014 at Orange Cou...
    February 13, 2014
    Winter 2014 at the hops farm Hop Update 2/13/14 Snow has returned to Orange County Hops and put our hop yard build on the ice, so to speak. As I write this blog today I am watching the snow bu...
  • Let's get Wired!
    January 21, 2014
    The goal this weekend was to wire the first six rows with anchors. I was lucky today to have Beege and Pineapple Larry along to help out. Beege arrived first. We used the bucket lift to place the 1200...