One of the memorable rites of my childhood summers was growing tomatoes, hand cranking ice cream and making grape jelly. We had a grape arbor in a corner of our garden with deep blue sweet Concord grapes. Mom, a neighborhood teacher and home during the summer laid claim that in mid to late August, the grapes in the arbor were ready to be harvested.
Once I saw the jelly making equipment (canning jars, large pots, Certo pectin and thermometers), I knew that school was almost about to start and we were going to be making grape jelly which was an all day event. Pat and I were required to pick the grapes from the arbor and collect them in a bucket. The arbor was filled with bees and yellow jackets and I’m lucky we didn’t get stung! Bees were EVERYWHERE and got in our hair, on our clothes and buzzed furiously the entire time we were in the arbor.
Pat Bennett is the founder and President of Pat's Granola, a Cleveland based food and lifestyle company.
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