The Calm Before the Storm

OK, so we get two nice days to harvest in between two days of rain. That’ll make it perfect for us to harvest the last of our Concord grapes in Penn Yan, finish the first pick of Empire apples at the Rose farm, and get some  late/early fall summer pruning done. Tomorrow, unfortunately, is predicted to come with 1-2″ of rain. Not only will we not be able to work, but that much rain is likely to crack (in Biblical fashion) any grapes left on the vine. As well, it retards color development and dilutes flavor on apples. Although the ground is already saturated with moisture (and is constantly taking up water) any additional large amounts of rain will exacerbate uptake causing grape berries (yes, they are called berries) to expand and pop like miniature water balloons. So, we’re getting them today. Not so with the apples. They are not ready to pick from a color standpoint, so we’ll just ave to wait a day. And the rain doesn’t really help color development. What does? Warm sunny days and cool nights. And that’s coming next. Whew! Now to prepare the Ark.

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About Farmer Mike Biltonen

Mike Biltonen is lifelong farmer with a passion for great tasting, sustainably grown food. He also has an opinion and this blog is his soapbox. But mostly he just likes to farm. Enjoy!
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