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“Hops” usually refers to the female flowers of hop vines, shown here growing at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, Maine. English photo for the Spring 2008 Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.


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Harvesting hopsSituated on adjacent parcels of land in Monroe, Maine, are three certified organic hops-growing operations owned by three friends who met in Florida. Richard Jones, a full-time boat captain and owner of Irish Hill Hops, was first to purchase land in Monroe in 1999. Arthur Lewis, a Florida chef and owner of Elm Hill Farm, and Ken Tassin, a Louisiana-based skipper and owner of Marsh Stream Hops, followed shortly after.

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HopsHops have been used in folk remedies for everything from coughs to cancer, and ‘Teamaker,’ released in 2006 by the ARS Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit (FSCRU) at Corvallis, Oregon, is a good candidate for herbal teas. Geneticist John Henning of FSCRU told The MOF&G that “‘Teamaker,’ like almost all other hop cultivars, will survive and grow in Maine.”

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