This summer has gone by so fast, I’m seriously in awe that we’re now officially in October. I’m still working through September weddings and with the fall upon us, I’ve been scheduling sessions like mad. My motto lately is “Winter is coming”, yes a Game of Thrones reference, but seriously I’m looking forward to all of the things slowing down and being able to come up for air and maybe take a day or two off.
Hoppily Ever After has come a long way in a short time. 1 year ago we were preparing to pitch a crazy idea and last weekend we woke up as hop farmers with a 3 acre farm and 2400 plants in 4 different varieties. We’ve had so many people reach out to us this year offering to help, but to be honest we were fumbling along and didn’t even know where we needed help. But we were finally able to plan something, our fall planting. And we were completely overwhelmed with amount of help we had! It was amazing to look around and see everyone there helping, working together all because they believed in us and our dreams. Family, friends, neighbors and even people we had never met all showed up to lend a hand and I even remembered to take some pictures!
I had to chuckle when our first delivery showed up in a Penske truck. In my “previous” life I worked for Penske, and found it a little ironic. 🙂
My dad has been visiting for the last month and a half and has been helping us so much around here. He even drove to the west side of the state to pick up the other half of our hops for us!
Everyone came ready to work and I cannot believe how fast we put 2000 plants in the ground. By 2:00pm we were done!
Our watering situation still isn’t ideal, but we were able to hook it up so that two could water at once!
Lots of work was done and lots of fun was had, especially by the kids and my cousin Lisa who after pining over it all day, finally got to play on the tractor.
More flowers went in and we got some new furniture for the gardens too! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, but “It’s all happening”…