Grapes

Grapes

Grapes may be one of the earliest cultivated fruits on Earth. The Greeks harvested the berry for wine-making and the Romans later perfected the practice, understanding the importance of pruning, climate, and proper storage. After a short disappearance, the European Church revived the practice of wine-making and Franciscan Friars later brought the grape to California, where the soil and lack of grape-feeding pests provided an ideal growing environment.

There are three main species of grape (European, North American, and French Hybrids) and thousands of varieties. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, approximately 71% of world grape production is used for wine, 27% as fresh fruit, and 2% as dried fruit. They grow in clusters of 6 to 300 and are considered a “true berry.” They are a versatile ingredient and pair well with savory dishes, like a traditional chicken salad or as an adventurous topping for fish.

In Season

July, August, September, October, November

Recipes with Grapes

Beer-Pickled Vegetables

Adam Dulye, Monk’s Kettle and Abbott’s Cellar

Tomatoes with Grape Juice (Pomodori con l'Uva)

Joyce Goldstein

Articles about Grapes

August 15, 2014

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

As California faces a historic drought, sustainability-minded farmers are using an arsenal of methods to conserve water.

August 08, 2014

Breeding a Better Chicken at Eatwell Farm

Eatwell Farm embarks on breeding their own heritage flock.

August 04, 2014

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week is August 3-9! Celebrate by pledging your support for local farms and communities.

August 01, 2014

Rabbits, Pigs, and Herbs in Marin County

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Devil’s Gulch Ranch and Allstar Organics in Nicasio.

July 31, 2014

Volunteers of the Month: Summer Interns

CUESA says farewell and thanks to our summer interns, Sarah, Henry, and Janelle.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »