Estate vineyards like Northern Cross in Easton, NY rely on neighboring growers, friends and family to help harvest the season’s crops. With nearly two acres planted, Northern Cross Vineyard, owned by Andrew and Kathleen Weber, is large enough to produce the volume of grapes needed to make wine, but small enough that mechanized harvest isn’t viable.
“It’s therapeutic and relaxing to be out here. It’s not hard work and there’s no bending over,” said Kelly Michel, a harvest volunteer who lives nearby. [Read more…]