Visiting a Hops Farm

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

This week, my mom and I were lucky enough to spend an evening at a hops farm in Windsor, CO. I’m not a beer drinker, but learning about the plants and how they are grown and harvested was absolutely fascinating. And so beautiful, you guys! Something about those hanging vines blowing in the wind was eerily beautiful and special. I took about a million photos (when you see how beautiful it all is, you’ll understand why), so this post has a lot of pictures. Sorry not sorry.

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

G5 Hop Fields in Windsor, CO is the wonderful brainchild of Jeremy and Tammy Gourd and their family. Their hops are nestled on 5 acres (currently, though they’re looking to expand soon!) on David Stromberger’s farm, which has been in his family since 1943. The hop fields is not only fulfilling a community need (with all of the local breweries and home-brewers needing a way to get fresh hops), but it is protecting a beautiful farm from being developed and destroyed. G5 Hop Fields is in its second year, and currently grows 5 varieties of hops for NoCO (Northern Colorado). The farm is not certified organic, but the Gourds are growing their hops as organically as possible.

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

a close-up of some cones

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

The structure is incredible: a series of beams that are delicately counterbalanced, with wires going across the tops, with vertical ropes to hang the hop vines. The ropes are 20 ft. tall, and I learned that hops can grow 8-12 inches a day, making them one of the fastest growing plants!

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

That mountain view, though. Major heart-eye emoji!

G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

Sunset at the fields

The farm also has these horses, which to be honest I probably could’ve hung out with for an hour or two. I’m kind of afraid of horses, but I think they’re so beautiful and it’s really special being near them. They were so sweet! G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

I really enjoyed my time at G5 Hop Fields, and I loved learning about their crops and their growing processes. It’s just so interesting learning about farming and agriculture, and this company is definitely one of the good ones. If you’re interested in learning more about G5 Hop Fields, head over to their Facebook page and support a local business!

xo

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

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