Hop picking at Eagle Road Organic Farm in Mission was a wonderful opportunity for us to enjoy the labour of love that goes into growing organic hops. Our farming hosts, Steve and Janet, guided us expertly through cutting down bines, picking off the hop flowers and placing them in racks to be dried. Once dry some are made into pellets which many brewers prefer. With an acre of hops we helped pick around 8 - 10 bines until our hands smelled of resiny goodness and still our baskets were not full. And with the sale of hops being about $15 - $25 per pound this is really a labour of love. We picked Cascade, Chinook and Mount Hood, and it was fun for us to see and smell each variety’s unique characteristics. All of them were so fragrant, light and soft … we just wanted to roll around in them! The whole family participates in the picking and the day passed surprisingly quickly for us, as we picked and chatted all day long. The bonus for us was sampling Steve’s lager (made with Cascade hops - yum) and IPA while we worked. Both were very good and the perfect pairing for hop picking.
Happy Harvest! We look forward to tasting these hops in several BC brews soon and cannot wait to taste them in Steve’s next brew.