I have started a nice sized garden on our property and was looking forward to growing 'hobby' hops myself simply for the beauty of them. I obtained hops from one of my favorite garden centers, Moonfire & Sun Garden Center in Bend and potted them up into larger containers. Then, I went online to purchase coir twine from a northwest hops grower.
|This image was borrowed from Freshops.com|
Coir twine is commercial hop growers #1 recommended twine/yarn for growing hops on because of its' strength and durability. Coir twine is made from coconut husks and typically imported from Sri Lanka.
Finding Northwest Hops website, I ordered my twine and waited…and waited…and waited. 5 weeks went by and no twine. I called, I emailed…nothing.
I was SCAMMED!
|My poor hops without their Northwest Hops Coir Twine!|
Northwest Hops seemed very legit as far as I could tell up front. The pictures above are from their website. They have a facebook page with over 1,000 followers. I wish I read more of the comments on the Northwest Hops Facebook page, however. Apparently, they have been doing this for quite some time.
After reporting them to the state and the Oregon Hops Commission, I decided to try purchasing from another Pacific Northwest hops company. I decided to do my 'due diligence' before ordering this time.
I called up Freshops in Philomath, Oregon and spoke to them, ordering directly this time. The gentleman I spoke with told me that I was the 10th person just lately that told him that they, too, were SCAMMED by Northwest Hops. How can we stop them from scamming others? The best way is to report them to the State and get the word out via social media. We don't want scammers like these affecting our great reputation here in the Pacific Northwest.
Freshops was kind enough to rush me out my order in the next day or two.
I'm keeping the Pacific Northwest Faith!