Nearby Asheville has become known for its micro-breweries and now some area farmers are growing hops to supply them.. Our friend Cory is a micro-micro- micro-brewer -- aka a home brewer -- and he thought he'd like to try his hand at growing his own hops.
Since, however, he and his wife Kasie live in an apartment in Asheville, they have made use of bits of Justin's garden and our nice tall barn for this endeavor.
The strings the vines grow on can be lowered to make harvest easier.
Another traditional use for hops was as a sleeping aid. Using a small pillow filled with dried hops is said to produce drowsiness.
I haven't tried this as drowsiness comes all to naturally to me at the end of the day. Have any of you ever used a hops pillow?