The deep, loamy soil left by the glaciers provides an excellent place to raise specialty crops including hops, one of the more unique crops grown on our farm.
We currently have 15 varieties in our hop yard including:
Cascade, Willamette, Mt. Hood, Glacier, Centennial, Fuggle, Hallertauer, Nugget, Chinook, Columbus, Tettnanger, Saaz, Golding, Galena, New York.
Pedersen Farms and Foothill Hops are the only farms in the world to have the “New York” variety. This is an heirloom variety developed in New York during the 1800′s.
Our hops provide a locally grown ingredient for microbreweries in the Northeastern United States. Ithaca Beer Company released a Double IPA in February 2004 made entirely with hops grown on our farm, the first time in at least 50 years that a beer has been brewed with all NY hops.
Several Northeast breweries have used fresh hops from us since 2006 to create “harvest” brews. In 2007 we expanded our yard and planted Chinook, Galena and Glacier. As a member of the Northeast Hop Alliance, we are active in bringing back this once widely practiced and important industry to upstate New York.