JACKSON TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – After today’s high heat advisory in parts of our area, many families headed to the nearest pool or air conditioner. But a business in Monroe County that relies on outdoor work welcomes the hot, dry conditions.
While the sustainable wine flows inside Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, farmer Frank Krupski is out back busy in the vineyard. Eight hours a day he works on step-one of the wine-making process, harvesting thousands of grapes.
“It starts from the grape, and then the end product is obviously the wine in the bottle. It’s nice to see how it got there,” says Frank Krupski.
But farmer Frank says grape growing is no easy task.
He adds, “especially on days when it’s like ninety plus and when the humidity is over sixty. It’s not easy. [Laughs]”
Workers don’t have shade in the vineyard and take frequent water breaks. But the deep-rooted vines thrive in hot, dry weather.
“The problem with wet spells in the Northeast is we’re constantly fighting and battling mildews and funguses. So when it’s not raining and its not wet, we don’t have those problems,” explains Randy Rice, co-owner of Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery.
Randy Rice, co-owner of Mountain View Vineyard, says this is prime grape growing season. No matter what the forecast, his vines are grown with love and preferably heat.
“It’s a hobby gone wild! It’s not a job. It’s a passion,” adds Rice.
For local farmers harvesting hay and vegetables, hot and dry weather is a struggle. They need rain to produce crops on-schedule.