Fresh Hops from Windward Farm

Windward Farm has fresh hops picking!

Windward Hops

All the hops you pick for $3 per 5 quart pail, which dries down to just over an ounce

Want a quantity? They will make a deal! 

All the hops on Windward Farm are naturally fertilized with manure from some of the finest horses in the country.

Picking is by appointment – Call 612-616-5043 to schedule your appointment


Windward Farm Hops 

Cascade Cascade is an aroma-type cultivar which originated as the first commercial hop from the USDA-ARS breeding program. It was bred in 1956 but not released for cultivation until 1972. It reached its peak in 1975 when it produced 13.3% of the total American crop. It was obtained by crossing an English Fuggle with a male plant, which originated from the Russian variety Serebrianka with a Fuggle male plant. 


A very popular U.S. variety, with a moderate bitterness level and fragrant, flowery aroma. Cascade is often used in highly hopped West Coast ales that have a citrus-floral hop character.

(alpha acid: 4.5-6.0% / beta acid: 5.0-7.0%) 
Great for Pale Ales, IPAs


Chinook Chinook is a bittering variety with aroma characteristics released in May, 1985. It was bred by crossing a Petham Golding with the USDA 63012 male. 


A high alpha acid hop with a wonderful herbal, almost smoky character when used as an aromatic during the last few minutes of the boil when dry hopping. Excellent for hopping American-style Pale Ales, especially those brewed to higher gravities. (alpha acid: 12.0-14.0% / beta acid: 3.0-4.0%) 
Used for most beer styles…Ales to Lagers


Nugget Nugget is a bittering-type cultivar, bred in 1970 from the USDA 65009 female plant and USDA 63015M. The lineage of Nugget is 5/8 Brewers Gold, 1/8 Early Green, 1/16 Canterbury Golding, 1/32 Bavarian and 5/32 unknown.  

Nugget is a great bittering hop with a heavy herbal aroma.

(alpha acid: 12.5-14.5% / beta acid: 4.0-6.0%) 

Preferred for Ales and Stouts


Sterling Sterling is an aroma cultivar, a diploid seedling made in 1990 with a 21522 female plant and a 21361 male plant. Its parentage is 1/2 Saazer, 1/4 Cascade, 1/8 64035M (unknown German aroma X open pollination), 1/16 Brewers Gold, 1/32 Early Green, and 1/32 unknown.

(alpha acid: 4.5-5.0% / beta acid: 5.0-6.0%) 
Use in Ales, Pilsners and Lagers


Zeus American aromatic high-alpha hop with noticeable bitterness. Similar, if not identical, to Columbus/Tomahawk. (alpha acid 15.0%)


Jerome Bauman

978 40TH Street SE, Buffalo, MN 55313

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