Concord grapes_StaatsThe end of August signals the start of harvest time for many fruits and vegetables.  Our small garden has done well, yielding a bounty of cherry tomatoes and fragrant and delicious basil.  But over this past weekend we harvested concord grapes.  Our one large vine gave us way more grapes than I’d ever imagined.   Their sweet scent filled the kitchen as we worked.   They are a beautiful color when picked, yet once they are squeezed and the seeds removed, their juice is a rich, deep maroon color.  As careful as we were, our hands took on this same color and smell.  We now have a scrumptious concord grape sorbet in the freezer, and a collection of freezer jam waiting for us to unleash the smell of late summer when the winter snow is falling.

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