Vineyards have bloomed and those blossoms are now turning to beady green grapes. Vines are growing prodigiously. It's been a pretty magnificent spring with few threats from early spring frost or heavy rains that can cause mildew problems. Word is going around that it could be another great crop for Washington vintners.
Government regulations are not the problem. The challenge facing the capitalistic system is the manipulation of the system by the ‘few’ along with corporations spending huge sums of money influencing the decision of the many to endorse the greed of the manipulators.
After getting a taste of ripe grapes in my vineyard last fall, resident deer have decided to stick around until the next crop. As appetizers while they await their main course, they've discovered young grape leaves and vine shoots are much more delicious than leaves from the surrounding pear orchard, judging by clear evidence of their grazing.