Hops are used for flavoring and preserving beer, and Otsego County was a center of hops production during the 19th century. You can find hops in several of the fields and gardens around The Farmers’ Museum. Did you know that hops also grow in the wild and the plants can grow for 100 years? Growing hops requires a year-round process. In the fall, our farmers add piles of compost around the plants. In the spring, they secure poles in the ground for the vines to grow around. After growing through the summer, the hops are ready for harvesting in August or September and winter is the time for drying in hop houses. We use our harvest of hops to make yeast for baking. Join us on April 4 and help the museum staff as we get ready for spring. You can learn more about hops from our farmers and help put in the hop poles for the season.
Taugher Hop Yard. ca. Smith and Telfer Collection, New York State Historical Association.