Time for a Niagara harvest

Although the majority of the orchyard is struggling to simply survive the drought this summer, the deep rooted grapevines have had no real difficulties. The Niagara vine along the front porch is loaded with grapes that are just becoming ripe and which fill the porch with their fragrance. They are not yet all fully ripe; 2 of 10 are really good, 7 of 10 are OK, and 1 in 10 is still mouth-puckeringly tart. In years past this seems to have been the cue for raccoons to steal their fill, so today I opted to harvest about 10 pounds of OK grapes rathar than 0 pounds of good ones. I’d guess that I’ve left around 30 pounds on the vine.

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