As Jim Bedient tended to his vines on Bedient Farms near Branchport, NY, he shared some of the farm’s history, a period covering nearly 50 years.
“My dad, Vincent, who is now 84 years old, started as a logger back in the 1950s,” said Jim. “During the harvest season, he would take the logging equipment off his truck and rig it to haul grapes for the local grape growers. They produced grapes for Welch’s, out in Westfield, NY. Back then, the grapes were all handpicked and put into 40-pound boxes. The boxes went onto the truck one at a time, and then off to the processing plant where they were hand-dumped and brought back to the farms to be refilled once again. That started around 1958, so he became familiar with the grape growing industry in that way.” [Read more…]