We had a spring freeze this morning (on our last average frost date in spring). The hourly average temperature was below freezing from 10 pm Monday evening through 7 am Tuesday morning. Peaches and other stone fruits were in bloom.
Most grapes were at the wooly bud stage. The cultivars furthest along included Delaware, Valvin Muscat and Concord since they were showing some green/pink. You could see some points of leaves on Delaware, but not to the point of bud burst.
Today we harvested some of the Salanova lettuce for the first time. We also planted potatoes in between the rows of lettuce and cole crops we planted in February. The following potato sets were planted 1 foot apart and about 3-4 inches deep: Red Noland, Red Pontiac, German Butterball and Red Gold.
We planted Valvin Muscat grapes on a C3309 rootstock in 2011 and they bore a small, partial crop in 2013. This year will be their fourth growing season. Primary bud mortality of 44% was determined today using a 100 bud sample taken from the two rows. We experienced temperature as low as -8 degrees Fahrenheit in January of 2014.
The onion plants were planted in the high tunnel yesterday. The cultivar is Alisa Craig. Simpson’s planted their onions outdoors on Monday and they have some Alisa Craig as well - http://www.simpsonsfamilyfarm.com/ By planting one set in the tunnel and one set outdoors at roughly the same time, we will see if the one in the tunnel produces bulbs earlier than the one planted outdoors. Alisa Craig is a 38 to 60th latitude onion, so we are right on the borderline with a latitude of 37.1322 North.
In the 2014 East Meets West- Eastern Division ( sort of the old International Eastern Wine Competition ) our Grapeshine won a Silver, Blueberry Infusion a bronze and Apple Liqueur a Silver. This was put on in Sonoma County, CA and is part of Vineyard Management magazine
Our annual distillation workshop was held today. We had a nice group from Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina and Tennessee. Due to the hands on nature of the workshop and the size of our distillery, the workshop is limited to 12 participants.