Well, that was a short act. We had hoped for three days of picking – we got one and a half. The rain (one of the villains of our metaphor) chased us off both today and yesterday. The birds (yet another villain) have shown up and are starting to take their toll.
The good news is that the birds will be slowed over the next four days or so. The bad news is the reason – a lot of rain and wind headed our way. It appears that mother nature also got the memo that harvest was early and has sent us some weather more appropriate to late October or November our way.
The forecast calls for 2-4″ of rain – and high winds – over the weekend and into next week. It’s unlikely we’ll get much-if anything – picked until at least Wednesday. In 41 years, we’re not sure if we’ve ever had that long of a break in a harvest – or received that much rain in that short of a time. At least 50% of our fruit is still out – either not quite yet ripe or unable to be picked yet.
The hatches are battened down and our gear stowed away in preparation for big rain and heavy winds. The fruit still looks to be in great condition and the vine leaves are still green & full. They’ve got some strength in them. It’s not even October yet. So we’ll wait out the storm, cross our fingers and hope for the best.
We expect Act III to start next week!