The majority of commercial Hop production is grown in Washington state, but farmers are saying that Michigan is just getting started. With all the craft brewers starting up in the state of Michigan, Empire Hops is selling a large portion of it’s crop within Michigan.
Empire Orchards in Leelanau County is one of the major hops growers in our area. The farm currently grows about 54 acres but will grow at least an additional 100 acres next year. The farm started growing the crop five years ago and has seen substantial growth.