Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Young Oak Vineyards: Volume 38: Autumn Approaches, But It's Indian Summer In California!

Hi all:

With the change in our weather, the cool mornings are sashaying with the warm/hot afternoons, and the grapevines leaves have turned from that bright verdant green of the Spring & early Summer to that more mature dark green color of the late Summer & Fall with a leaf of maroon thrown in here or there. The new season's growth of canes have turned from bright green to a reddy-brown as we start the Autumn season. The grapes, once little green balls, are plumper now, mostly a deep purple color. They are a little sweet, but they are not yet quite ripe with the stickiness of their sugar on the outside. The neighboring vineyards have put on their bird netting to protect the sweetening grapes from the birds. The birds will certainly know when the grapes are ripe enough to eat!

Yes, we are nearing the harvest time. School has started and so goes my cheap child labor! I too am otherwise pre-occupied by being employed now, re-hired, thanks to an exodus of veteran teachers who are leaving my district in record numbers, probably too frustrated with the constraints of teaching under severe budget cuts. So, I will have my hands full with the new alternative education program that I am entering. And, therefore, my efforts in the vineyard will have to be relegated to an occasional weekday late afternoon or weekend.

We still have our
Young Oak Vineyards Spring Honey available in two sizes:

6 oz. for $4.50    &   16 oz. for $9.00

The bees have been busy and our summer honey will probably come in late September or early October. And if you are interested in getting your own hive, our bee man, Alan, claims that you only need a small area of the typical backyard. (I feel safe at a distance of about five feet.) Alan has placed several hives in south Palo Alto homes. Here is Alan's website again:

From down in the vineyard, wishing all you out there, the blessings of the approaching autumn season!

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