A Grape Experience

Over the weekend, my beau and I hit the road to visit a local farm.   It’s grape harvest time, and despite that the temperature was creeping towards a sweltering 95 degrees Fahrenheit, nothing was going to stop us.

Grapes? In Florida?

Yes.

We arrived at the farm mid-morning. The skies were blue with a few fat clouds, and the temperature was already in the upper 80 degrees Fahrenheit. As we parked the car, we heard lambs bleating, and a rooster was crowing. A couple of goats were grazing in a pasture. It was picturesque, and I felt at home.

We spoke with the farmer, a soft-spoken gentleman who obviously loves his work. He told us that the only grapes that do well in this part of the country is the Muscadines (rotundifolia) variety since it can stand the heat, humidity, rain, and pests. The Muscadines are good for eating, preserving as jellies, juicing, and wine-making. He told us a lot about the grapes he cultivates.

So, with a quick, intense lesson from the farmer on how to determine which fruit was ready for picking (the grape should be somewhat soft with a “give” to it when gently squeezed), we were ready to hit the vineyard. With red bucket in hand, we headed out.

The cultivars that we picked that day were the Carlos (white) and Noble (red). These were hearty vines, laden with some of the prettiest fruit I’ve ever seen. We also tasted a few as we picked. Sweet and juicy! And that’s saying something, since I don’t like fruit in general.


I spotted a few young clusters of fruit, too, which were smaller than a dime:

The trunks of these vines were substantial:
There was a gecko sunning himself on one of the vines:
We came away with about 6 pounds of grapes. By this time, it was noon and we picked all that we needed. The farmer told us that harvesting will continue over the next several weeks, as other cultivars ripen. He also mentioned that the people who like to make homemade wine will come around at the very end of the harvest season when the grapes are overripe. That, he said, is when the fruit is very sweet and just right for making wine.
So, what did I do with all those grapes we picked? I’ll share that with you tomorrow in “Sweet, Yet Tart, Like No Other.”

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

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