Monday, October 24, 2011

Grapity Grape Grapes

After doing yard work for several hours today, I decided I'm not going to go crazy with an intricate meal for dinner tonight, and am instead going to throw together a big salad.

What was I doing out in the garden you ask?  I started off planting some new native plants we picked up over the weekend.  Then, looking up for the umpteenth time at the neighbors' horrific grape vines, and being annoyed for the umpteenth time that they do nothing to maintain the, in my opinion, noxious weed, I rolled up my sleeves, got out the ladder and loppers and started hacking away.  I wish I had taken a before photo so that you could be appropriately impressed with how dutifully I freed our fence and the other neighbor's holly tree.  This shot of our huge yard waste roll cart will have to do!

You can see the grape vine clump on the other side of the fence, which appears to take up their entire yard!

Okay, okay, so what does this have to do with VeganMoFo?  Grapes!  In the process of warring with the neighbors' grapevine, I collected a big box worth of grapes.  For now I leave you with a photo of the grapes.  Perhaps tomorrow I'll have the finished product.  Can you guess what I'll be making with all these grapes?

Why yes, very fresh.  Interestingly, both varieties taste the same!

It was a beautifully crisp and sunny fall day today, so I was happy to be outside, even when picking through the uneven ground and leaf litter below me to find every last scrap of grape.  Did you know grapes (and raisins!) are extremely toxic to dogs?  Our dogs don't.  I'm hoping I didn't miss any grapes out there!


  1. Those are beautiful! You worked hard for them, they should be. Hmm...grape juice, jelly?

  2. I like the fact that you put them in a "fresh produce" box! Hee Hee
    And they look better than the ones you buy at the store, I wouldn't complain to the neighbour when you can get free grapes like that!

  3. Are you making jelly? I did that a while ago with my classmates home grown grapes, and it turned out really nice and with a surreal color.

  4. Ding ding ding. Dawn and Fanny have guessed correctly. I'm making jelly!

  5. oo, I will want to hear about the jelly! I am wondering if those grape leaves could be saved and stuffed?

  6. Did you throw out all the leaves? You should try and pickle them to make dolmas with!