Sunday, September 28, 2008

picking in the rain

My sister Sarah sent me this photo on Friday.

It served as a friendly reminder that it's grape harvest time...right now! New Hampshire (where grape-eyed Nathan lives) is usually a week or two behind PA, and those grapes look to be at their peak; I panicked at the thought I might have missed my crop!

It's been a rainy weekend, but today was supposed to be less wet, so Michael and I decided to visit the swamp where we pick. By the time we got there it was pouring. I could see we'd missed peak harvest, being away last weekend, so I was determined to pick as much as I could. (Next weekend we'll be in San Fran, so this was my only chance.)

The grapes were so ripe they fell off the vine at the slightest touch. For every five I picked, one or two would slip through my fingers, leaving a little snack for the next fox/raccoon/groundhog that comes along. Despite the rain I picked enough for this year's pyment (a grape wine made with honey), and maybe even a small batch of spiced grape jelly. Was it worth the wet? You bet.


At September 29, 2008 at 2:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed peak for my Brooklyn backyard grapes, too. I did get quite a few about a week and a half ago despite being late getting to them, definitely enough to stash in the freezer as emergency yeast/sourdough starter fixings.

At September 30, 2008 at 12:42 AM , Blogger molly said...

well, i know that spiced grape jelly is worth it! hmmm, i wonder about the wine....

At September 30, 2008 at 1:11 PM , Blogger SaraGardens said...

Pouring rains and all, this time of year is glorious - I hope you indulged yourselves in something delicious when you got back.


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