Bountiful first harvest for PeeDee vineyard

By Stephanie Beard

muscadinesLast spring, a one-acre muscadine vineyard was established at the PeeDee Research and Education Center as a demonstration for interested growers. This year, the vines produced their first crop of fruit, with two varieties harvested in late summer, and one in the fall.

Typically, grapevines don’t yield a large crop during their first couple of years, but project director Jody Martin is pleased with the first harvest. Now the Carolina AgriSolutions Growers Cooperative is being formed to help interested growers identify niche markets for their grapes, including nutraceuticals, wine, and juice.

For information: Jody Martin, 843-661-4800 ext. 115,