Sunday, October 04, 2009

It's grape picking time

We have a fantastic crop of concord grapes this year. Ell and I canned about 5 gallons of starter this afternoon, but she is so busy with her eighty hour weeks that those 5 gallons are all we'll be able to do. We are very serious about not offending Mother and wasting the magnificent harvest she gave us, so we'd like to offer our grapes on the still-full vines to anyone who's interested in making jelly, jam, wine, or just good old fashioned grape juice. They are yours for the taking if you want them.

Judging by what we did today, the grapes will be really good for another week and a half, and hit or miss after that. If you want some grapes, we offer them to you free of charge. There is no need to call us or ask permission, this is your permission. Bring your baskets and bowls, and a pair of scissors or a sharp knife, and pick as many as you want. If you need directions to our house, leave me a comment saying so.

One request, please don't knock on the door to let us know you're there. Ell works all hours of the night and day, literally 80 hours a week sometimes, and she needs her sleep. We don't need to know you were there and we don't want any money. Mother has blessed us and we are in turn offering you the same blessing.

Please, come get some grapes. It's grape picking time.


Blogger Melissa Blair said...

It is a shame we don't live closer...I love home grown grapes!

10:31 PM  
Blogger Chel said...

I'm going to try to get some, I want to make some Jam!

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Papa D said...

I'd get some too, but the commute is a bit much. But there's nothing like a good Concord grape 'popped' into your mouth. MMMMM!!
What in the world is this "Mother" thing? Your Mom did not plant the grapes, and the Bible says that "every good gift comes from the Father...". Please Sam, get your theology straight. Your 'Pastor Dad" is, honestly, offended by the New Age, Eastern religion verbage that has slipped into the Christian vocabulary. I have to wonder if God is offended, too, especially when the Bible is so filled with stuff that says to keep your conversation pure and without worldly influences (not a direct quote but a general biblical principle taken from many scriptures). I'll stop preaching if you'll stop "mothering". OK?
Love ya,

3:39 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I like where you're going with this, Dad, and I can assure you I have no Eastern-New Age-anything in me. God refers to the earth as a, "she" throughout much of the prophets. (Especially Jeremiah.) He refers to the mountains and valleys and rivers as being protected by Him, and refers to them in the feminine tense as then taking care of the Israelites. If that doesn't sound motherly to you, then you didn't have as caring of a Mom as I did. (And I know G-ma was caring.)

So to say that Mother Earth has blessed us with her bounty is as much a celebration of God's power as anything I can think of.

Not argueing, just explaining. :)

5:47 PM  

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