GLENHOLME - Nova Scotia's largest hop operation, FiddleHop Farms, is marking its second year in business this weekend with an open house for the local community and surrounding area.
"We're really looking forward to meeting members of our community and partners in the agricultural industry," FiddleHop Farms co-owner Jason Pelley said, in a news release. "Farming is extremely important in this region and we're excited to showcase what we do here and why it's important."
Hops are a necessary ingredient in flavourful craft beer and FiddleHop Farms was created by Pelley and co-owner Evan Price after the demand for locally grown hops was initiated by the startup of local microbreweries.
Seizing on the apparent opportunity, they partnered with Garrison Brewing Co. in Halifax.
"The seasonal brew, 3 Fields Harvest Ale, is farmed by Nova Scotian hands and brewed with Nova Scotia products," Price said. "It is a true triumph of local commitment."
The open house is set for Saturday on the FiddleHop Farms grounds, just past the Petro Can service centre on the old highway in Glenholme, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Several elected officials will be on hand, included Colchester North MLA Karen Casey who will speak on the importance of youth involvement in Nova Scotia agriculture.