This summer has been too good to us so far. Really. We've been enjoying it so much that it's hard to believe the 4th of July is already less than a week away.
The vines have been growing like crazy! It's amazing to see progress every single day. The frequent rains have been great for the young plants. We've removed nearly all the grow tubes at this point (32 of 144 remaining to be exact). We put the grow tubes on after planting to give the vines a head start and protect them from any potential frost or spray damage. The manufacturer of these products suggests leaving them on for the entire first season, but we decided from the beginning to remove them as soon as the vine reached the top of the 36" tube (approximately 6-8 weeks after planting). And I feel it's a good thing we removed them when we did because we were starting to see symptoms of anthracnose, which is actually pretty harmless and apparently pretty common in grow tubes because of the moisture build up. The uncovered plants are now growing literally inches every day and it's so exciting to see them doing so well! Check out some of these photos from earlier this month (yes, I got up in the boom truck myself to get these!)
We also celebrated a huge milestone in our journey by getting our first bottles on the retail shelves just in time for Memorial Day Weekend! Everything has been going great and we couldn't be more thrilled to be working with such great local retailers. You can find us on the shelves at Stratford Food Center, Jamboree Foods, and Fiesta Foods. And we are hoping for more coming soon!
Finally, we're celebrating our most recent accomplishment tonight by power-washing the barn walls and cleaning up our NEW FLOOR! The crew came Saturday Morning to pour concrete and we are so happy with the final result! JB Concrete did a phenominal job and again, we can't wait to share the final product with you! Here's a few photos of the progress to wrap things up - final photos to come soon!
On that note, I think we are truly ready for a long weekend celebrating our accomplishments and our pride in the Red, White, and Blue! Have a safe and enjoyable 4th!
Preston and Amber both grew up on farms in Northwest Iowa. They share a passion for the outdoors and enjoy taking on new projects to see what adventures will be discovered. As high school sweethearts, they attended Iowa State University together, and now are continuing to pursue their dreams at Backcountry Winery.