After a long, nasty winter, spring has arrived. We've had great weather for working in the vineyard the last few days. The Catawba are starting to get their leaves. This is a nervous time for us as we hope the temperatures stay above freezing.
Nathan and Larry have discovered Eutypa (Dead Arm Disease) in the St. Vincent vines. They are working to replace the blighted plants via trunk renewal. This explains why our St. Vincent harvest has been getting smaller. Literature shows that this vine is particularly vulnerable to this disease.
The folks from Slow Food Southwest Missouri will be visiting the farm for "Get a Farmer Day" on June 25. This should be a great educational opportunity. Great people who love local products.
Nathan sold a few more bowls and I sold a pewter grape cluster I cast in soapstone I carved. Nathan is looking forward to making more things for the gift shop. He tried turning some sassafrass. Not a good idea. The root beer smell gets too strong.
Hopefully we'll have good April showers and no late frosts. Here's to a great growing season in the Ozarks!