Wednesday, September 10, 2008


What time is it?
As my kids all know, it was time for annual grape picking service at the Lord's vineyard on Saturday. For those of you who don't know, here in the central valley the church owns raisin vineyards, and it is up the members to work at the farm. That means pruning in January, picking in September. It is always hot, hot, hot. This year we had six long rows to do, that was our wards assignment. A row is about three hundred yards long, that's roughly three football fields. We started at 7:00 in the morning and finished around 12:30, it was only 101 on Saturday. You cut the grapes and fill up you pan, then lay them out on the grape paper trays. It seems like you are never going finish, but as the morning wears on more ward member show up to help. There were tons of grapes this year, the trays were right next to each other, side by side. In about four weeks we go out again and roll up the now dried grape trays (raisins) and toss them in the tractor that goes down the row in front of you. It is way more fun than watching your kids play soccer on Saturday!

2 comments:

Stephanie Saunders said...

Yeah, I can see how that would be more fun. There's nothing like constantly bending over, getting dirty, and to top it off, doing it in 101 degree heat. Sounds like a party! Sign me up!

Kelli said...

Oh, the good old days. It's so nice living here in "Zion" where we don't have to do any of that manual labor stuff :)


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