More Harvest Preparation

Clyde didn’t want his photo taken, so you get a gratuitous hand and leg shot!  Here he is working on our destemmer/crusher.  Pulling things apart, greasing it, tightening belts, and modifying it a bit for the upcoming harvest.  Sunday morning we will be crushing our first grapes of the season – Cayuga White.  We use this variety for our Whittenburg wine.  Come on by if you can, or if not, keep watch here and I’ll try to post pictures as soon as I have time.  Meanwhile, I will bore you with prep pics!

Harvest is almost here!

We are busy getting ready.  Between ordering supplies, coordinating with growers, and serving our customers I’ve had a chance to snap a few pics of Jeff as he cleans up the harvest bins.  Each of these bins will hold about 1 ton of grapes.

Here you see a dirty bin….this is what they look like after sitting out in our field for a year:

And here is Jeff as he prepares to tip the bin over and get inside to clean.  Jeff will be very careful NOT to hit his poor nose as he works on these bins:

Well, despite a painful nose, Jeff is happily working these bins over:

And finally they come clean:

One of our growers will be coming by on Friday to pick up these squeaky clean puppies and use them this weekend.  We will be processing early on Sunday, and consider this your invitation to come on by and watch the craziness of our first harvest of 2006!  Cheers everyone!

Our New Pets…

Well, sort of our new pets.  They are awefully chicken though, so this is an elusive sighting.  Thanks to our neighbors Rob & Karen Sikes, we now have a few chickens running around.  They are busy eating ticks and chiggers for us.  Jude and Spark have had lots of fun chasing them around too.  Very entertaining to watch our dog and cat hunt chickens.  Come on out and see if you can catch a glimpse of these super-secretive creatures!