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Monday, September 16, 2013

Looking Ahead


Yes, as promised on this overcast Monday, there’s another trend to share from Garden Media’s ‘2014 Garden Trends Report’.  What’s garnering so much attention in the produce patch? It appears that ‘grow what you eat’ is switching rapidly to ‘drink’ from your garden.  Here’s the skinny from their report. “People are drinking their gardens using such super foods...like BrazelBerries® blueberries and raspberries to craft cocktails and green smoothies. "Fermentation gardens are the new chickens," says Rebecca Reed of Southern Living. People are growing hops for home-brewing, grapes for home-made wine.”

So before you hop on this growing trend, let me share what kicked off this weekend in the fermentation part of our mini-vineyard. Let's start with a word of caution before you become all caught up like many do when they want to become part of a growing trend. If you think growing and making your home-made wine is all idyllic and beautiful, get yourself ready for an eye-opening experience. And while I realize there are far worse hobbies run amuck, growing grapes is only ½ of the equation and that, in itself, is a ton of work. The image above shows a portion of the grapes harvested from our research vineyard and without sophisticated mechanical equipment, it is an extremely high, labor intensive process to getting the grapes crushed. That is if you want it ready for something drinkable and no impurities ruining your yearly crop.

Joanne Harris’ quote provides some simple foresight. “A man may plant a tree for a number of reasons. Perhaps he likes trees. Perhaps he wants shelter. Or perhaps he knows that someday he may need the firewood.” And there you have it – we do certain things but maybe for different reasons. It could start off as a learning experience or a necessity that perhaps turns into, at least in the case of our mini-vineyard, a growing trend. Compare it to the example of the tree. Get prepared to take on some hard work, especially if its use is as firewood (or as in this case, wine). It’s a multi-step process. And yes, in looking ahead, it’s quite an adventure.

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