What To Do with Grapes

The season was good for the grape vine and now I finally know what type of grapes we have; Concord grapes with a large amount of seeds! While the grapes taste fantastic, the seeds make them less than marketable to sell as an eating grape. I’ve never been much of a jelly maker but I love real fruit juice.

After a little research we found a canning recipe to make grape juice from whole grapes and decided to give it a try. It might make a great novelty for selling. An attractive shelf stable jar of grape juice with grapes in tow that just requires a strainer to be drink ready!

 

 

It’s a good thing we have bee keeping suits because they were needed to harvest the grapes. A combination of our honey bees, wasps and yellow jackets took over the fully ripened grapes, so I had to fight for them. When we were all done there was not much left to look at!

Once washed and cleaned, we poured the grapes into jars, sprinkled sugar in and filled with boiling water. Then we did a standard water bath until the jars sealed.

 

We waited a few days and cracked open the first jar to try our juice. The taste was good but a little weak. Next year I will add more grapes to see if that improves both appearance and taste. I’m also going to break down and try making jelly.  We will eventually find the best format to sell these grapes!

 

Fire by the Farm

You never realize how fragile the land is until something like this happens.

A fire started on the corner of our neighbors property 300 yards away from us. It burned 30 acres, luckily on the acreage that had no houses on it yet. We were lucky the wind was blowing in the opposite direction or it would have quickly burned both of our homes, barns and coops! Everything was so dry with the drought it was unforgiving.

We were at work when this happened so our neighbor contacted us to let us know what was happening. My husband made it home first but the police and firemen would not allow him up the road. When he told them we had chickens we needed to release just in case they assured him the fire was moving away and if he could wait 10 minutes they would let him pass.That didn’t sit well with him, and just as he was getting ready to hop some fences on foot to get to our home, they opened the road back up.

Can you imagine the devastation of not only losing your home but also losing your animals and your garden? Life and everything in it is so fragile. Take care of yourself, your loved ones and the animals that depend on you.

See my stunned reaction when coming home on the farm YouTube Channel: