Thursday, September 13, 2007

Grape Juice and Grape Jelly

As the result of a perfect growing season, the summer harvest of fruits and vegetables is upon us with a vengeance. One sister reminded us that the residents in a nearby small town used to joke that everyone locks their doors and keeps the lights low at this time of year so that their gardening neighbors don't think they're home and come ladened with squash and tomatoes to share.

The Welch Company, the world's leading producer of juices, jams and jellies made from Concord and Niagara grapes, has two of its four plants just east of Erie--in North East, PA and Westfield, NY. An article in the Erie paper this week features local grape vineyard owners proclaiming this year's crop as excellent.

We have a small 30-40 foot grape arbor on our property and its Concord grapes are already delicious. The only slight tension we have is competition with the deer. You'd think that with the apple orchard, salt lick, bushes and everything else they seem to nibble they could leave us the grapes!