I spent another weekend upstate filming Dave Pasick of Szaro Farms in Utica, NY. Dave and his wife Kayla have made a lot of progress since I was there in March. They’ve put in a new row of poles, have transplanted new rhizomes to the hop yard, and have new strings of plants climbing up the side of the barn.
Dave says he’s pleased with the growth of his hops and the progress of the farm so far. He says once the bines are well on their way climbing the ropes, all they really need is lots of water and lots of sun. Although Dave is still having a hard time gaining local interest for his hops project, he’s optimistic about the rising support from other regions of the state. I interviewed Kelsey’s Quarter Acre Farm of Saratoga, and others gaining notoriety include Erica and Les Goodman’s hops yard in nearby Lake George and newly opened Hopshire Farm and Brewery near Ithaca.
The Farm Brewery Act has been in effect since January 2013, and its been almost a year since it was signed into law. There’s been tremendous industry-wide impact already and Dave is happy to see how much the media is helping to raise awareness and educate the public on the growth of the craft beer scene as well as challenges still facing both brewers and farmers who are trying to tap into the new market. Stay tuned for the second video installment and learn more about Hoppped Upstate here.