Dateline: 19 October 2016, AD
|Some Concord grapes from our 2016 harvest.|
I planted a single row of Concord Grapes on my property line several years ago. They have been an easy fruit to grow here in Central New York state. But the trick to getting a good grape harvest is to prune the vines every year in the winter.
We grow the grapes primarily to make juice. My wife is the juice master. She uses a Mehu-Liisa. We've used other juicing techniques but none are as easy as the Mehu Liisa, especially when canning the juice.
Five years ago, Marlene canned 15 gallons of concentrated grape juice in quart jars. And that was only part of the crop. We had friends come and pick the rest of the grapes.
But I neglected to prune the vines for a couple of years after that. And then, in my pruning zeal (and ignorance) I pruned the vines too much. As a result, we got almost no grapes. This year, however, we're back on track. I know when I'm doing a little better with the pruning.
Our harvest this year is not anywhere near that 15-gallon year, but there are lots of grapes and they are delicious.
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