This Tuesday saw the beginning of our hop harvest, with Mathew and the Hoppers voyaging out into the middle of the Hop Garden by our beautiful Massey Ferguson tractor, to start cutting down the bines with our automatic bine cutter.
Mathew and our Hoppers enter the Hop Garden. It was a tight squeeze!
After the first successful cut of our harvest, the tractor hauled a trailer load full of Fuggles back to the Hangar.
Unfortunately, we had a tractor malfunction which led to the team dragging all the cut bines to the Hangar instead. Working throughout the harvest period is said to be like having a free gym membership.
The bines are then attached at the bottom of the track and sent up into the picking machine.
After the picking machine does its magic, the Hoppers quality check the hops looking for any still attached to vines.
After the bags are full of beautiful fresh hops, they are baled up and sent to store.
Luckily, we were able to use some of the first batch of hops in our recently brewed Green TEA!