This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent says: " I mail you to-day sample cluster and foliage of a new grape we have not named. It is an accidental seedling of Fox parentage, grown a little north of New York. The berries first showed color this year July 19th, and first cluster was picked, and good eating, July 31st. To-day, August 8th, all the clusters on the vine are ripe and picked. Hartfords in same locality, and with as good exposure, only just show color to-day for the first. This grape is fifteen to twenty days earlier than Hartford, and will prove of great value on account of its earliness, vigor, health and productiveness. The original vine, five years old, trained as an arbor last year, yielded two hundred pounds of grapes, which readily sold at home for 12 1/2 cents per pound. Unlike Hartford, the berries adhere firmly to stem, and do not drop at all, even if left on vine a month, as has been repeatedly tried."
[We do not remember that the grape above referred to came before us. It may be, however, as well to say to those who send us grapes, that good varieties, so far as flavor and appearance are concerned, are now so numerous, that other qualities must go to make up a successful grape, and of these the editor with but a bunch before him cannot judge. - Ed. G. M.]