Little did we know back then that we had stumbled upon a real winner for shade. This is only TWO grapevines. They span an area of over 50 ft by almost 8 ft. They are loaded with grapes and if everything works out, we will have a bumper crop this year.
Trying to figure out what to do with all of the grapes is going to be a challenge. Jelly is at the top of the list for sure and maybe a start to some wine-making. We will just have to see what works out. In the mean time, I'm going to try cooking some of the leaves for a delicious recipe of Stuffed Grape Leaves. We've tried them at Costco and liked them. I can't wait to try the new recipe.
Last year we began harvesting grapes in late August so I better start planning on what I need to do. I've started buying more jelly jars, but I don't have a lick of wine-making equipment or know how. This will be yet another test of how fast I can learn it. It seems to be the way we work around here!
|Ripe Grapes 2010|
Whatever we choose to do will be a bonus for us. The vines are doing a great job of adding much needed shade anyway. Hopefully there will be more stories to tell about what these grapevines can do for us.