The Crosby Story

In 1855 Charles Crosby came across the Oregon Trail at 18 years of age. After making his way to the California gold fields, Charles then moved back to Oregon and purchased 160 acres in Linn County where his son, Albert Crosby, was born in 1859.  In 1900, Albert and Mary Crosby purchased 160 acres of the McCormick Donation Land Claim near Woodburn and began growing hops at the present site of Crosby Hop Farm, thus beginning the Crosby tradition.

Albert’s son, Edgar, stayed on the farm and continued farming hops until approximately 1960. Edgar Crosby Jr, born in 1924, was raised on the current farm, and he and his brother Don began their farming careers around 1944.  Kevin Crosby was born in 1958, and began his farming career after high school in 1977.  Blake Crosby, a 5th generation Crosby hop farmer, carries on the Crosby farming tradition today.

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The Crosby Farm

Our beautiful family farm is located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Oregon Coast, with its Bavarian-like climate, the valley is an ideal hop growing environment, producing some of the finest hops in the world.

We market our hop products to, and value our relationships with, craft brewers, home-brewers, distributors and beer enthusiasts alike. Our primary crop is hops, which allows us the time to focus exclusively on producing quality hop products year in and year out – value, quality and reliability are the cornerstones of our operation.

Our beautiful family farm is located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Oregon Coast, with its Bavarian-like climate, the Willamette Valley is an ideal hop growing environment, producing some of the finest hops in the world.

Our partner growers are situated among some of the finest growing regions around the world including the Treasure Valley of Idaho, Yakima Valley of Washington, and various parts of the premier European hop growing communities.

Thanks to massive Ice Age floodsrich volcanic and glacial soil from Eastern Washington was deposited across the valley floor when the waters subsided, making the Willamette Valley extremely fertile. A massively productive agricultural area, the valley was widely publicized from the 1820s on as a ‘promised land’ of agricultural prosperity and became the destination of choice for the oxen-drawn wagon trains of emigrants traveling west on the Oregon Trail. It was during this era, in 1900, that first generation hop farmer Albert Crosby planted the first hops into the rich soil that is still producing our beautiful Crosby hops.

 


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