Spring has sprung

And they’re off! This season’s hop shoots have emerged and started their ascension upward. You can see all the little pinkish shoots, they kind of look like little asparagus spears, jutting out from the hop crown (i.e., the name of the plant’s permanent root stock in the ground that keeps sending out shoots year after year). Each of these are only about 2 inches right now, but they’ll be 20 feet before you know it.