Buck Creek Hops, Iowa's newest and largest hops farm, is harvesting its first crop to supply local craft brewers.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the hops farm planted 25,000 plants on 25 acres this spring.
Buck Creek owner Mark Pattison expects to harvest about 1,000 pounds of hops this year. But that's just a fraction of what he and his partners hope to grow in the coming seasons.
They have planted seven varieties, with four currently available: Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and Nugget.
Buck Creek has invited brewers to hand pick their own hops this year. Pattison says it's beneficial for them in creating batches of "wet hops" beer, using the cones straight off the vine before they're processed and dried.