This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. A. Sigler, of Adrian, Michigan, is very successful with his cold grapery. It is singular that more amateurs do not have these adjuncts to garden pleasures. No doubt people can bring Malagas and others, from Portugal or California at nearly the same figures as the cost of raising them; but the nice fresh cut from the vine, and of one's own growth, besides just as we are ready for them, is worth the five cents per pound difference in actual cost.
Every now and then we come across some nice specimens of native grapes, which make us wonder what people want with the foreign kinds from under glass. But when such nice things are received like some before us from Mr. Huidekoper, it is clear we have to live a long while before we can dispense with good hot house grapes. The notes made by Mr. Huidekoper on the merits of the different kinds meet our own views:
" 1. Buckland Sweetwater. This with its golden clusters of compact fruit is the handsomest of all the vines in the grapery. 2. Golden Hamburg - said to be a hybrid of same parentage, is very like the above. It exhibits occasionally a soft berry or two in an otherwise perfect bunch without an apparent reason for it. 3. Black Hamburgh. 4. Fintindo, a variety I take it of B. Hamburgh; ripens about the same time. 5. Golden Champion, - probably the largest in berry of all the grapes. Not a clear amber when ripe; bunch large and stout. Fruit with me cracks some, but this may be owing to rain affecting at times the corner of the vinery where it grows. 6. Dutchess of Buccleugh. A rich Frontignac-flavored variety, clusters a foot or more long, slender, and not always filled out well with fruit; cloudy amber colored; hangs well. 7. Ioanec; rather small white fruited variety, introduced by Mr. Campbell; ripens among the earliest; not much flavor, crisp, and hangs well. 8. Muscat of Alexandria. 9. Due of Malakoff; amber colored, somewhat tough; large bunches with long shoulders. 10. Gros Coulard; a white grape introduced by the late Mr. Prince; very early to ripen; medium size, not as large fruited as 'gros' would imply. 11. Seedling; pretty and pulpless, probably of Buckland; color white. 12. Rose Chasselas".