Concord Grape Quick Bread

Growing Grapes

We have plenty of wild concord grapes on ourproperty. However, the insurance company doesn't approve of our harvesting methods so it'sprobably best to plant some cultivated grapes. When I cleared the land for the greenhouse,it left plenty of area to plant various fruit producing plants which don't need the greenhouseto thrive. Plus why waste the space just growing grassé Taking a look at my 3rd grade drawing skills,I'm going to set three 4x4x10' treated posts 34 feet into the ground and space them 24'apart. This will allow for 8 plants in the space. Then I'll string 12 gauge galvanizedwire starting with the first wire 4246quot; from

the ground, then space the other two 12quot; apart.The plants can be spaced 6' apart and over time the vines can be trained along the 3wires. I had planned to set the posts first in theevent that I hit any large rocks while digging, however I blew a seal on the backhoe and hadto find some parts for it. So I took my chances and put the plants in first. The row shouldgo in a straight line and a 100' tape measure works well for marking out the locations ofeach post and plant. Jamming a piece of survey's tape at each mark does the trick. We're goingoldschool and using a pickaxe and shovel and digging a hole about 1 foot deep. Luckilythere weren't any large rocks in the way just

a few roots and small stones that the pickaxewas able to pluck out. Later, looking at the post holes, you'll see why I didn't dig themby hand. Planting the vines is fairly easy. I got theseseedless concord grapes from Gurney's for half price. I just remove the fiber that'sused for keeping the roots damp, spread out the roots a bit, and set it in the hole sothat all the roots that emerge from the vine will be just below the finished level of thesoil. All the dirt that came out of the hole was hardpan so I filled it with nice organicsoil, then compacted it down, and gave it a really good watering. It also importantto cover the area with mulch to help maintain

the moisture in the soil until the roots canget established. These will get watered every day for a couple of weeks. The actual work of planting the vines is quick.It's the preparation of digging out the rocks that takes all the time. A 30 cent Oring and a day to dismantle andreassemble the valve assembly and the backhoe is running again. I can now install the postsfor the wire arbor. It may not be the fastest backhoe, but it beats digging through therock with a pick and shovel. The holes are dug to about 4 feet which will provide a deepenough anchor to prevent the posts from leaning

from the future weight of the vines. Someof the rocks that I pulled out where bigger than the hole. If I had to dig these by hand,I probably would have only dug down a couple of feet, and then would have to anchor theposts with concrete and guywires. It seems like a really big hole for a post,but without an auger with rock drilling bit, it's probably the easiest way to set a post.A little cleanup at the bottom of the hole and it's ready. I'm using 4x4 treated lumberrated for direct burial. I'm not a fan of using treated lumber, but in order for itto last a long time, it's a necessary evil. I like to add two temporary cleats to thepost to help support it while I'm set it plumb

and backfill the hole. I also like to dropa few rocks around the base to hold it in place when I start to fill it in. I'll fillthe hole several inches at a time and compact it between each layer, then clean up the areawith some more woodchip mulch. The first wire starts roughly 4246 inchesfrom the ground and the second and 3 wires are spaced 12 inches apart. It will be theperfect snacking height for the deer. At each marking I'll drill a 38quot; hole through thepost and then put in a 516quot; eyebolt. The back side has a large fender washer and nut.Having a large washer will help to keep the nut from pulling into the post under the weightof the vines. It's fairly important to make

The Invention of NonAlcoholic Grape Juice

The Invention of NonAlcoholic Grape Juice You've probably heard about Jesus turningwater into wine, but Thomas Bramwell Welch is a lesserknown drink magician who developeda way to turn something that would have been wine into a nonalcoholic version of the drink,in an attempt to make an “unfermented sacramental wine�. Welch was a physician, a dentist and aMethodist minister in Vineland, New Jersey. At the time, Methodists were strongly opposedto the consumption of alcohol. This made serving wine for communion somewhat hypocritical,a discrepancy that Welch was quick to point

out. His stance on the matter was so strongthat he was even opposed to touching a container holding wine—a problem, since he was thecommunion steward. The last straw was supposedly when a memberof the church turned up at the Welch home one Sunday evening after partaking in a littletoo much of the communion wine. Welch was furious at the man's raucous behaviour. So, what to do about ité Being something ofa jackofalltrades, Welch took on the endeavour himself. He sought to come up with a way tobottle grape juice so that it wouldn't eventually turn into wine. In 1869, he pressed juicefrom Concord grapes, filtered and bottled

it in his own kitchen, and then used LouisPasteur's innovative new technique called “pasteurization.� He boiled the bottlesof grape juice, which not only helped preserve the juice, but also killed all of the yeastin the bottles. This prevented fermentation, so the drinks would not be alcoholic. After successfully preparing the drink, Welch delivered it to his church and even advertised it to surrounding churches as well.However, many clergymen were uninterested in Welch's Unfermented Wine; some evencalled serving it “heresy.� Needless to say, the unfermented sacramentalwine did not get off to a great start. Welch

was forced to set his product on the backburner,though he remained heavily involved in the temperance movement. That said, a small amountof his grape juice continued to be produced for a few churches in the area. It wasn't until Welch's son, Charles,who was also a dentist, started advertising Welch's in the 1890s that it became morepopular. At the time, Thomas Welch's advise to Charleswas the same as what so many parents tell their children when the youngsters are pursuinga new career path that the parent's don't necessarily think has much of a future,

Now don't think I'm trying to discourageyour pushing the grape juice. It is right for you to do so, so far as you can, withoutinterfering with your profession and your health. Thanks to the rise of the Temperance Movement,Charles' profession was about to change. The juice's appearance at the World Fairin Chicago didn't hurt, either; thousands of people were able to sample it there in1893. In 1896, Welch's Fruit Juice Company becametoo big for one family to handle. To help meet the demand, Charles packed up and movedthe company to a factory in New York, where

he continued to grow the business. (ThomasWelch died a few years later in 1903.) Welch's soon became the natural drink substitutefor wine; it was made from the same fruit and suited the taste of the Temperance Society.In 1913, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan hosted a dinner for the visiting Britishambassador; while it was traditional to serve wine, Bryan decided to serve Welch's instead,making it more fashionable. That same year, alcohol was banned on Navy ships and Welch'sgrape juice was served instead. Today, the company is a household name, featuredon juice, jellies, and jams. They reportedly rake in nearly a half a billion dollars everyyear and have since moved their headquarters

Kashi Berry Fruitful Whole Wheat Biscuits

Here's a close up look at Kashi Berry Fruitfulcereal crispy squares of woven wheat with filling made with real fruit like concordgrapes raspberries and strawberries Berry Fruitful from Kashi seven whole grainson a mission.

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