The 2018 Hop Harvest at Four Star Farms

Hops! My favorite beers are generally very hoppy (yes, I’m one of those annoying IPA fans) and when I heard there was a farm right here in the valley that grew hops for brewers (many of them local), I had to check it out. So, the past few weeks I’ve been documenting the harvest at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA. The L’Etoile family was nice enough to let me photograph this annual event (a very busy time for them!) They grow 8 different varieties of hops at Four Star: Cascade, Centennial, Crystal, Magnum, Mt. Rainier, Pépite, Chaos and Teamaker. 17,000 plants in all, producing about 12,000 dry lbs of hops this year.  You can taste beers made from these fantastic local hops at The People’s Pint in Greenfield and lots of other great spots. Four Star has a list here.  Cheers!