The Northeast Hop Alliance is preparing to place their Cooperative Purchasing order for both rhizomes and coir. If you did not reply to the Cooperative Purchasing survey, posted here in December, you may still place an order. If you did reply to the survey, that DOES NOT mean that you have placed an order. You can download the .pdf order form here, or the .docx version here.
Orders are due January 24, but it is preferred that you place your orders by January 20th. The rhizome quotes are very reasonable at $1.50/rhizome, with a 10% discount if you pay in full when you order (so $1.35/rhizome). Varieties available can be found on the order forms above. Coir orders must be paid in full at the time of ordering. W-Clips and Clip Applicators are also available through NeHA via Foothill Farms. Contact information is available on the order forms.
Also of note, Steve Miller, the New York State Hops Educator, has virus-free live plants available at $5.00 each, with a minimum order of 30 plants per variety, available in increments of 30. The available varieties are Fuggle, Cascade, Newport, Liberty, Willamette and Perle. Virus free hop cuttings ensure that you plant your hopyard with stock which is free of diseases such as downy and powdery mildew and hop latent virus. For more information, contact him by email.
If you miss the NeHA deadlines, Atlantic Hops is still offering rhizomes at a very competitive rate, and they have extended their ordering deadline to February 1st.
Now is also the time to be thinking about placing orders for your hopyard poles. Cedar and larch/tamarack are harvested when the ground is frozen, so talk to your logger soon! Steve Miller, the New York State Hops Educator has assembled this list of contacts. As he says, this is not an exhaustive list, nor is it an assurance of quality.