John 15 Journal

What a surprise we had when we read the following article in the Scranton Journal.  It pays to read your local newspaper.

     "Rural Scranton vineyard owners Dean and Nancy Rogers of John 15 Vineyard are part of an Iowa State University exhibit on display at the Iowa State Fair August 9-19."

     "The exhibit was first displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 27-July 1 and July 4-8.  Scranton was one of 23 towns featured in the exhibit, which was titled 'Transforming Communities: Design in Action.'  The university was one of 17 land-grant universities selected to be a part of the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival."

     "The Rogers were helped by the Small Business Development Center in... Click here to read more and leave a comment.

The tree house is completed and ready for campers.  Yay!  Two trees support the BIG deck with a tent that will sleep up to 8 campers and a picnic table.  The ramp to the tree house slopes gently up to the deck.  The view from the back side is awesome - 28 feet to the ground.  There is room on the ground for additional tents - How about family camping?  On the ground are also a picnic table, port-a-potty and a fire pit.  I'm thinking roasted marshmallows and s'mores.  Yum!   Contact us to make your reservation for the adventure of tree house camping.

Treehouse - 22 feet from the ground.  WOW!

The treehouse is almost finished!  And what a view!!  15'x40' platform (It will have a railing and a ramp.  We could take my 102 year old mother in her wheelchair up the ramp.  Ya hoo!), 8' from the ground in the front and 22' in the back.  WOW!  


Dean saved the day.  Mondays are cookie and pie baking days for Tuesdays' Farmers' Markets in Jefferson.  Mid afternoon on Monday I realized I was running low on sugar.  "I can't make cookies without sugar."  Dean, being the thoughtful guy that he is, volunteered to go to Jefferson to purchase sugar.  Whew!  Later that evening, around 11 pm, I ran out of flour for making pie dough.  Oh, no!  Dean to the rescue again.  He drove to Carroll to get the Wheat Montana flour that I use.  Thank you, Dean.

I baked a new grape pie treat for market - pie on a stick.  It was a fun novelty.  Also I made grape tarts in a muffin pan.  I used to sell pie slices at market and this is a nice alternative.  This will be a regular... Click here to read more and leave a comment.

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This has been a challenging year weather-wise, starting with the unusually mild winter and early spring followed by a hard frost.  Most plants and trees that budded early were severely damaged by the frost.  Dean cautiously pruned our grape vines just... Click here to read more and leave a comment.