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Current ranch news:
Grape harvest – the 2023 harvest is running late all over wine country, and the same is true for our estate Sagrantino. As everyone knows so well, we had a very wet winter, finally; and a rather slow and cool-ish summer. We’re pushing harvest out as far as possible to coax the last critical flavors from the fruit. Right now, with this mini-heat wave, looks like harvest will be around October 12th.
Prickly pear margaritas – the cactus flowers have ripened and we’re once again enjoying prickly pear margaritas. The process is time-consuming, but well worth it. It’s a treat to enjoy the incredible color, flavor, powerful anti-oxidants…and the chance to enjoy some Mescal cocktails as the sun sets and the color of the sky matches the drinks.
Hens and Eggs – as the weather cools, the hens have started to molt, meaning they are dropping summer feathers in favor of warmer winter plumage. The energy required for this change causes egg production to dip.
The Pleasures of Farming – Fall is such a great time to harvest the fruit of so much summer labor. Here, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and peppers fill the kitchen. Soon enough, the cold and rains will come and we’ll sit by the fire, eating and riding from this bounty, while the gardens enjoy a well deserved rest.
Honey harvest – this year’s harvest of honey was kept modest as we want the newest hives (Mann Lake, Bee Kind, and Ranger’s Wild Swarm) are left with ample reserves for the bees to over-winter. One hive got a bit out of control with honey comb built outside the “follower boards” and that was the portion that we harvested.
Warmly from Sonocaia
Ken and Cynthia
P.S. This just in
Our little town of Sonoma has an incredible number of non-profits serving many needs in our community. Last night, we attended thhe gala for the Sonoma Community Center. Dear friends Simon and Kimberly Blattner, stalwarts of our non-profit community, were honored as the 2023 Sonoma Community Center “Muse.”
And in the foreground of this photo, members of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, and equally worthy Sonoma non-profit.