I HATE the dentist!

I HATE the dentist!

And I wouldn’t blame her if she really did feel that way because I let 20 years go by before *I* saw another dentist again. Fortunately for me, I have never had problems with oral health. Unfortunately for Miss Mads, a simple teeth cleaning (her first, actually) revealed a loose and decayed left molar that had to be pulled out. What a way to spend a vacation – poor thing!

Harvest-your-own grapes in August

Pick-your-own grapes

Have you ever tasted perfectly ripened grapes plucked fresh from the vine? Or participated in the vendemmia (wine grape harvest)? A good spring soak followed by an endless parade of hot summer days is like super mojo for grapes, and the outlook this year for winegrowers and vineyards is a golden one. As a home gardener with a single uva fragola (concord grape), I’m more than happy for the few clusters not claimed by bugs and hail, but to round out the whole harvesting experience, MotH and I went to our favorite organic farm near Treviglio.

Pick-your-own grapes

Eat all you want. 100% organic and rightly proud about it, we were encouraged to taste while we harvested. One of the varieties grown is Muscat bleu which is used both as a wine grape and table grape. The loose clusters have round, smallish fruit which contain seeds. Vines are staked and trained in a pergola-style, and protected from pests by lightweight netting which covers the length of the row.

Ready for the vendemmia?

The white grapes were not quite ready at the time we were there but MotH did manage to score a couple of bunches to add to our haul. Other than the blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries that we harvested last month, Castel Cerreto Soc. Coop. Agricola also grows melons, asparagus, strawberries and kiwiberries. Their Facebook page gives up-to-date info on opening times and seasonal fruits as they become available.

U-pick organic grapes