Local Hop Grower Gets Recognition

Van Burnette is a new hops grower in Buncombe County. There is a great article about him and his hops yard in the Black Mountain News: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090819/BLACKMOUNTAINNEWS01/90818091/1117/blackmountainnews.

Van is one of number of new hops growers in Western North Carolina. You can visit Van's farm and another hops yard in Buncombe County during the Hops Farm Tour on Saturday, August 29.

2009 Hops Farm Tour
August 29, 2009
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visit two local hops growers and one local brewer to learn about the improtance of locally grown hops. Topics of discussion include varieties for WNC, trellis systems, flower sets, burrs, cones, general care, pest and disease management, and when to havest. Cost is $10 per car load of folks. For more information contact Melinda Roberts at 828.255.5522 or email melinda_roberts@ncsu.edu.

Sponsored by NC Cooperative Extension.

9:00-10:00 am: Registration at Landfair Farms, 71 Allman Hill Rd, Weaverville, NC
10:00-1200 noon: Tour Landfair Farms
12:00-1:30 pm: Lunch/travel. Food available for purchase at Landfair Farms.
1:30-3:30 pm: Tour Hop N' Berry Farm, Black Mountain
4:00-5:00 pm: Tour/Taste Test at Pisgah Brewery