It has been pretty busy around here lately and today was one of those days that makes a person’s head spin. The kids and I headed out to Lucan, MN to dig up 1000 hops from the Brau Brothers Brewery. What a nice bunch of folks the brewery owners are, generous, helpful and very interesting. They make a great local beer that folks around Minnesota enjoy very much.
I brought them a huge home cured ham and some of our home-grown honey; they gave us 1000 plus rhizomes of quite a few varieties, plenty of water to drink and the best part for the kids, root beer on tap. We all got some pretty good sunburns today while the temps topped out at 85 degrees. In Minnesota we often go from Winter straight to Summer, some times missing Spring.
Fred was hoping to get off of work early but with the mad Spring planting rush of the area farmers he never did make it home until 10:00 p.m. and then headed up with Clayton to plow the rows that we are supposed to plant tomorrow. He was showing us how and where to plant the hops in the dark, illuminated only by the half-moon.
So it looks like tomorrow will be another busy day on the farm. There are plenty of other garden seeds and plants that need to be planted but this is high priority since they have to be planted quickly.