Possibility of Strong Grape Harvest in Erie County
So far, so good for local grape farmers.
Grapes are plentiful, with each vine teeming with purple fruit.
That's especially good news this year, because other grape-growing regions, like the west coast and the Finger Lakes, have bad crops, meaning grapes here will fetch a premium price.
But because each vine has so many grapes, they aren't fully ripe just yet.
They need more nutrients to sweeten up to processors' standards, so farmers are praying for more warm, sunny days to keep the grapes growing.
"If the grapes don't get ripe enough, we're not allowed to harvest them," said local farmer Tim Burch. "We're hoping with fall just around the corner, we can get a few more nice, sunny summer days to increase the sugar solids in the grapes."