|Eastern bumble bee on blueberry blooms|
And who can stop the most aggressive plant at the farm now, the hop. Once she gets out of the ground, is is on. The constant battle of trimming out unwanted bines goes on until the day they settle down for the winter. I just finished stringing up and pruning my plants last weekend with the help of an old friend. It took around 20 man hours.
I often ask myself if it has been worth it to grow this crop and each year I say, this is the last, but I somehow can't seem to give it up just yet. They do draw a lot of attention to my agritourism farm business and do make me some money. I figured with sales, workshops, and festivals, I made a whopping $4/hr last year. Sales alone would not even pay for the first month of work. The bottom line is "It's all about beer", and what's there not to like about that!