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.
The Pacific Rural Press says : Grapes in April were on exhibition at the store of Strong & Williamson, on Clay Street. The fruit has been preserved in the powdered bark of the sugar pine, and is, in taste and appearance, almost as fresh as the day it was taken from the vine. They were received from George Geissendefer, of Placerville. The fact that grapes can be preserved in this way may be suggestive to some of our vine growers. Certainly there could be money made by supplying the trade with fresh grapes at this time of the year.