Member Spotlight: Plough Monday Hops
Plough Monday Hops is a small two-acre Willamette Valley organic hop farm located in the agriculture community of Elmira (Lane County), Oregon off of the Long Tom River, in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain Range. Our small, family owned farm grows, harvests and packs whole leaf Chinook, Magnum, Fuggle, and the brewer’s favorite, Cascade hops. Certified Organic by the Oregon Tilth, we are headed into our fourth harvest. All hops are handpicked, dried in small 100 pound batches and vacuum sealed with food grade nitrogen to ensure the highest quality hops for your brewing or herbal needs.
Originally conceived to market to organic breweries, the hop exemption has caused us to move our hops to herb supply companies. We are still hopeful that once our plants reach full maturity we will have enough product to support a small organic brewery.
Plough Monday is essentially a one-man operation run almost entirely by Norm Vidoni, who designed and built our trellis and custom dryer and handles everything form vehicle maintenance and trellis repair, to planting, plowing and hand weeding the fields. Norm receives some help from his business partner Charlie Whedbee (who resides in Seattle), harvest labor and a substantial amount of lady bugs.