Over the next month I began to perform hop research regarding farms around the country. I didn’t pay much attention to European regions such as Germany and Czech Republic because of the how long they have been in existence and their current average farm size. China and New Zealand seem to be relatively new and I was betting that there just isn’t enough information online to make use of. Washington, Idaho, and Oregon all have huge fields that provide over 70% of the nation’s hop output and don’t have much reason to post growing and building information online.
So my real focus was on the newer farms that now exist between the latitudes of 45 and 48 degrees in a swath from coast to coast. Places like New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Central Michigan have been seeing new fields created in the past 10 years. Even if hop farms had existed in these areas prior to Prohibition, this was all new to the daring entrepreneurs. Some of these are solo ventures, perhaps families who wanted to try farming something different. And some are experimental crops funded by universities such as the University of Vermont Extension.