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October 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

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Hops harvest ends in the Yakima Valley


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Israel Godinez, weaves hop vines on the back of a truck to enable easy unloading and processing, at Roy Farms in Moxee, Wash. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The fifth-generation family farm is finished its 106th hops harvest on Monday after working just over 40 days and 40 nights. "We're tired," said Michael Roy, one of owners. The farm grows about 25 varieties hops, as well as apples, cherries and blueberries. The majority of the hops farmers in Yakima Valley finished their harvest in the last two weeks. Roy said their company is part of growing movement of farms in the area focusing on sustainability and food safety measures. The increasing influence of craft brewing sector has allowed hop growers to diversify into more varieties, focus more on sustainability and have closer ties to the customer base, said Ann George, of Hop Growers of America. Washington State is the largest supplier of hops in the United States, just ahead of Oregon and Idaho.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Workers fill the back of a truck with fresh hops during one of the last days of harvest at Roy Farms in Moxee, Wash. The majority of the hops farmers in Yakima Valley finished their harvest in the last two weeks.

ERIKA SCHULTZ/ THE SEATTLE TIMES

Workers harvest hops at Roy Farms in Moxee, Wash. The majority of the hops farmers in Yakima Valley finished their harvest in the last two weeks.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mario Magallanes transports hops at Roy Farms in Moxee, Wash. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The fifth-generation family farm is finished its 106th hops harvest on Monday after working just over 40 days and 40 nights.

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