Hey Hop Farmers! We are already starting to book dates for custom harvest for this year. We would love to come out to your farm and save you hours (days!) of tedious hand-picking. Book a spot now or take a chance and call us for first-come, first-serve harvest when you are ready.
What we bring: the harvester and at least one operator (usually two).
What you need: a tractor that is at least 30 HP and that has a 540 PTO and pioneer style hydraulics. The more people you have to help out, the faster it will go and the more money you will save. We can work with as little as 2, but 6 or more is very quick.
Cost: $50/hr travel (according to googlemaps travel time from our farm in Hillsboro). $90/hr harvesting including set up and teardown. We will do our best to combine trips to save on travel time.
Who would have known that you could drill a hole in a tree, collect the sap, boil it down, and end up with maple syrup!? We started making maple syrup as a sort of experiment, just to see if we could do it. Turns out that we can! We tapped 15 maples on the farm in the winter of 2015/2016 and made about 25 bottles of delicious syrup. This year we tapped around 40 trees! We sell 8.5 oz bottles for ten dollars at our farmer's market stands.
We grow a wide variety of heirloom organic vegetables. Nothing beats a home-grown tomato! Last year, the stars of the garden included our Lacinato kale, which we were happily eating well into January, as well as our Genovese basil, Jalapeno and Habanero peppers, Bull's Blood beets, and Aunt Mae's bibb lettuce. In Summer 2017, you can find us at Northside Farmer's Market in Cincinnatti on Wednesdays, or at Hillsboro Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.
Our all-natural beef is raised by Mike, who has been working with cattle for over 45 years. Our cows spend their entire lives on the farm, enjoying a diet of delicious grass and fresh country air. During the winter months, their diet is supplemented with corn that is grown and ground on the farm. Our beef is available by the pound and can be picked up on the farm by appointment or at either of our farmer's market stands.
Hops are how this whole thing started. After going out and seeing the world, our passion for beer led us to start researching hops. In 2015, we planted 2 acres of Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus, Nugget and Magnum hops. In Spring 2017 we became Ohio's first OEFFA Certified Organic hopyard. Hops are currently grown primarily in the sandy soils of Washington State, and Southern Ohio's silt loam seems to add some interesting flavor potential. Our Cascades lose some of the traditional bright grapefruit edge, and pick up an earthier tangerine flavor, while the Chinook has an almost candy peach and cantaloupe smell instead of the western pine flavor they are known for. Watch our facebook feed for current tappings!