Last week was a flurry of activity around here - grape harvest 2016 had finally arrived! If you remember, we had lost our whole Roussanne grapes to bunch rot. After that, I felt like I was holding my breath until the Aglianico and Montepulciano were out of the vineyard.Each grape harvest 2016 morning began at the crack of dawn. The sky was gorgeous as we stood at the barn and watched the sunrise … [Read more...] about Grape Harvest 2016
Did you know that cows love watermelon and pumpkin? Ours sure do! And, we love FREE food for them!It is rare that we have a watermelon from the garden go bad. In fact, I'm not sure we have ever had one rot! Once we have eaten the red, the cows get the rind and love it. But, boy, do they love the red!Not too far away from us is a watermelon and pumpkin packing plant owned by a local farmer. He … [Read more...] about Cows Love Watermelon and Pumpkin!
This is a difficult post to write. After all, I would never have dreamed that I would be telling you about a battle between our Roussane grapes and bunch rot. But, this is real life and I want to be real with you, sharing the ups and downs.Before I give the sordid details, let me just say that God is God in the good times and the bad. And, he has definitely blessed us as a family - even though … [Read more...] about Roussane Grapes and Bunch Rot
The grapes are beginning to ripen or to put it in grape-growing lingo - veraison is occurring! Yes, as you might imagine, it is a very exciting time of year for us. And, a race as we work in the vineyard to find the ripest grapes to enjoy. Along with veraison comes cluster counts which means we go through the vineyard counting how many clusters of grapes are on a vine. Veraison According to … [Read more...] about Veraison and Cluster Counts = Ripening Grapes!
It is hard to believe that June is here! Thankfully, we have been spared from hail which frequently accompanies our thunderstorms and the vineyard is looking wonderful! In fact, it is time for wire raising. But, before I get into what wire raising is, let me show you a picture of the grapes that are growing - it looks like we will have a bountiful crop!The canopy of the grapes includes the … [Read more...] about Wire Raising in the Vineyard
After days of watching and waiting, it is finally over! Our new calf has arrived! Margie, our family milk cow calved on Thursday night. We have known that it was close for over a week and well, you know the saying, "a watched pot never boils?" It is true of cows too! Margie took her own sweet time but what a relief to wake up Friday morning and see the adorable little calf following her in the … [Read more...] about Maybelle, the New Calf is Born!