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Grape Harvest Begins

The first of our grapes to ripen are the table grapes. We have several varieties and they all do pretty well. The white grapes make spectacular raisins.

Soon we'll be harvesting our wine grapes and we are testing the brix, sugar content, to pick at just the right time. Several people have volunteered for the harvest, just to be outside in this beautiful fall weather and socialize with friends. If you want to be notified of our picking schedule .

I recently discovered that the original UK Southdowns are on the UK's Slow Food Forgotten Foods list, which is the UK's version of the Ark of Taste. These UK Southdown sheep are called Babydoll Southdowns in the US to distinguish them from modern Southdowns. The breed is currently touted as a hobby or pet sheep, but can be much more than that! For example I have used their wool for quilt batting and the fleeces are used for lining baby cribs and carriages.

For more information about our sheep, visit our Babydoll page. For more information about grazing sheep in vineyards, visit Kelly Mulville's blog.

Our 36 acre farm is a few miles outside Hotchkiss in Western Colorado. We grow certified organic peaches, apples and grapes and produce estate bottled wines using the farm fruit.
Last updated: 09/18/15