The Pittston City Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday, and each week, the Sunday Dispatch will feature a vendor from the market.
This week, owners Jeff and Kim Homer of Grovedale Winery & Vineyards, Inc. of Wyalusing, fill readers in on what it takes to run a fully functional winery and vineyard. At the market, Grovedale offers wine tastings, along with full bottles for purchase. Jeff or Kim may not be at each market, but assistants Rich Provost and Dawn Teeter can help customers out.
The Grovedale farm has been in business for more than 200 years, 11 years as a winery. This is the business’ first year at the farmers market.
Question: What do you grow?
Grovedale: Nine different varieties of grapes for wine, including Minnesota grape varietals on eight acres.
Q: When in the year does your planting season start?
G: Harvest is from September to the beginning of November.
Q: What is the best part of being a farmer?
G: Owning a tractor. Watching and nurturing the vines from start and through the harvest, and then into the bottle.
Q: What is the hardest obstacle of farming?
G: The erratic nature of the weather.
Q: Was there a specific year, moment or event that was especially difficult to get through?
G: The 2011 flood. We lost a lot of the crop due to the flood and had fruit bursting.
Q: Any advice to the amateur gardener?
G: Do your research of which variety of vine to plant, it will pay off.
Q: How did the weather affect your crops this year?
G: It has been dry, which is great for grapes.