2020 – The Year of Covid-19 and all it’s pitfalls! We had a record number of harvesters just wanting to get outside, so many new friends!
At Crooked Post Winery, it’s all about the grapes!
We will pick every Saturday beginning mid to late August through end of September. Call the Winery, 785-876-9990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We provide the pruners, water, lunch, and sangria. Keep an eye out for our sign-up that will go out in June or July. You can find it on Facebook or through our monthly newsletter via email. Once you are signed up, keep an eye out for changes or updates as the dates are tentative. Weather has a huge impact on the growing season and we cannot always predict correctly. We may have to pick early or late depending on rain, heat and cold.
During harvest time, which normally runs August to September, we now harvest at both the vineyard locations, at 10251 130th St. Valley Falls (130th and Ferguson Rd) and the Winery vineyard. When you sign up we will let you know which vineyard we will be at. Be ready to go by 8am on the Saturday morning that we have determined the grapes have reached their needed brix. We provide the pruners and water, just bring your own sunscreen, gloves and bug spray if desired. After a two to three hour harvest, we will transport the grapes to Our Winery where everyone is invited to participate in the machine crushing of the grapes and watch the beginning process of turning the juice into wine. We then adjourn upstairs to the Event Room for a full meal and sangria.
Perry Lake may have flooded out the campers but the grapes loved all the rain and gave us 35,000 pounds of product for our wine!
After a crushing 2017 harvest, loosing almost 80% of our crop, we came back picking 13.5 tons and having another one of grapes on the vine for a later harvest.
All our grapes were hit by below zero temps in mid-December, resulting in roughly an 80% loss of fruit for our 2017 harvest. But…
18 TONS of grapes picked by almost 200 volunteers. It was a great year!
Just over 12 tons picked in four days.
We should have had 30,000 pounds and ended up with about 4,700 due to the May 16th frost.
8.35 tons of grapes harvested by 163 volunteers