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Sky High Hops

The Hop Yard At SAGE HILL FARM

 
 

About Us

Sky High Hops is a family owned and operated hop yard located at Sage Hill Farm in Flemington, NJ.  We supply fresh hops to breweries, cideries, distilleries, and homebrewers looking for a sustainably grown, one-of-a-kind, premium quality product.  Our hop yard consists of approximately 700 plants of several varieties patiently awaiting their third growing season.

We are very passionate people at Sky High and we understand the importance of humble beginnings.  We take time every day to treat each plant with love and care and groom our yard meticulously to ensure our plants grow healthy and strong.  As our plants grow, we will too, but we promise to stay true to our roots.  No matter where life takes us, we will always remember where we came from.  Our team's collective passion and dedication will never fade.

 

CONTACT

Anthony Verdi
(908) 303-7507
anthony@skyhighhops.com

Location

Sage Hill Farm
1069 River Avenue
Flemington, NJ 08822

Hours

We're usually here...

 Vacuum sealed package of Cascade hop pellets labeled with the Jersey Fresh seal of approval.

Vacuum sealed package of Cascade hop pellets labeled with the Jersey Fresh seal of approval.

Jersey Fresh

The Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Program (JFQGP) of the New Jersey Division of Agriculture (NJDA) was created in 1985 as a method of connecting consumers with New Jersey grown commodities by providing marketing advantages to farmers who cultivate the highest quality products.

The program boasts a guarantee that any product labeled with the Jersey Fresh logo meets or exceeds US No. 1 standards.  We at Sky High Hops are proud to be the first and only hop yard in the program.

Look for local breweries that feature our hops.  Chances are that beer will be registered as "Made with Jersey Fresh".  For more information on JFQGP or our involvement with the program, visit www.findjerseyfresh.com. (findjerseyfresh.com is a brand new site and is still under construction, we will update this when it is complete.)

Growing Hops

Soil and Sun

A great crop starts with the right soil.  For months leading up to planting, we strategically prepared our soil for its first growing season.  We turned composted organic horse manure sourced directly from our outdoor pastures into the rows to enrich the soil.  As we approached our projected planting date, we tested the soil and applied additional fertilizer accordingly.  Our soil pH naturally landed within perfect conditions for hops and did not require any adjustment.  Our yard receives several offseason applications of our farm-sourced composted organic horse manure for nutrient and microbe replenishment.

Our hop yard receives maximum exposure to sunlight.  The trajectory of the sun during the late spring and summer passes directly overhead and is unimpeded by trees or facilities.  Our yard is perfectly equipped to prevent plant disease because of our soil drainage efficiency, exposure to sunlight, and air flow.

Water, Fertigation, and Pest Management

Our drip irrigation system is directly connected to our main waterline.  The system is adjusted daily to account for weather conditions, ensuring our plants receive the perfect amount of water.  Our water is drawn directly from the underlying bedrock aquifer 250+ feet below ground surface, giving us a nutrient rich, virtually untouched water supply.

As the plants mature, they require more nutrients.  Our fertigation system allows us to evenly distribute fertilizer with pinpoint accuracy.  We closely monitor field conditions and test our soil several times per year to determine if any adjustments are necessary.  Making sure plants receive the right amount of food and water is crucial for growth and development.

We at Sky High have instituted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program to eliminate any threats to the well being of our plants.  IPM processes effectively maintain an environmentally sensitive approach while also remaining economically sustainable and health conscious.  

Harvesting and Drying

For our first harvest, we determined it was in the best interest of our plants to hand pick directly from the bines.  Hand picking provides a more consistent product and promotes increased second year plant growth.  For our second harvest, our plants were way too big and had too many cones to pick by hand.  In anticipation of that, we constructed a new and improved oast with larger, more precise drying capabilities as well as a custom mechanical harvester.  

Hops that are not sold wet (fresh off the bine) are dried to the brewer-preferred state using our personalized oast.  Drying gives us the option to store our hops for months after harvest.

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CONTACT

Call (908) 303-7507 or email anthony@skyhighhops.com for more information.