Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Pollinator Movie

I just completed this movie featuring some of the pollinators that are active on the farm during September.  The place is a buzz with these guys really, you can hear the buzz when you step out into our native flower pollinator field.  Enjoy the movie.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Learning Community School Visits The Farm



The Learning Community School, located in Black Mountain, NC brought out the kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 4th graders to the farm to experience our Monarch butterflies and learn about pollinators.  It was a great time for them to come because of the many things we have to offer at this time of the year.
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders


One of the favorite things was going through our Pollinator Maze.  Set up on the farms native flower pollinator habitat field, the maze offered the kids a fun exploration to see the many types of flowers in bloom and the insects that pollinate them.

After the maze, we went into the flight house to look at the monarchs and other butterflies


Then it was on to make seed bombs using clay and native wildflowers, including some seeds that they gathered themselves.


After washing up, it was time to go and say goodbye.  I sure had fun, and I'm pretty sure that they did too!



Here is a short video of the kids coming out of the maze:







Saturday, August 9, 2014

5th Annual Hop Harvest Tour

Cascade hops at sunset
This year, our Hop Harvest Tour promises to be the best ever.  Not only will we have a very informative tour of our hop yard and the process of growing hops, but we will be having samples of beer made from our hops from Hi Wire and Lookout Brewing Companies.  
Pickers in the yard
And for the first time ever, we will have live music provided by Unnamed Suspects.  This should really be fun and educational to boot.

The event starts at 1 pm. and tickets are $12 online at our website , hopnblueberryfarm.com or $15 at the gate.  After the tour ends around 3 pm. visitors are encouraged to visit Hi Wire Brewery in Asheville, or Lookout Brewery located only 3.5 miles from the farm.
Cascade and Nugget hops ready for the Lookout Brewing Co.
What is truly unique about this harvest is that the cones are picked off of the vine and used immediately in the brewing process, all within 8 hours.  This is called a "wet hop" or "fresh hop" beer and offers a taste that is truly aromatic and floral.  Talk about fresh!  And local!


Folks at the tour
Get your tickets early as we will have a limited amount for sale.