I'll kick this off! It was a foggy drive to Canby, but at least this
year I knew how to find it. The Usual Suspect's
were hard at work by 8:30 AM as I wagoned my grafting goodies back to our allotted tables. Procured some new "Mariana" Rootstock to make some "Red-Ace" plums... I was told the nurseries were all going to this new plum / peach rootstock. "Is it any good," I asked? "Nurseries don't change for no reason," came the answer!
Back to my Station: and just as the grafting gossip was getting deep - the rush was on! Years ago I'd notice people sizing me up, I looked a bit young to be there... but the years have taken care of that, and apparently I "look the part" cause it was non-stop
whittling for the nest 6 hours!
It appears our HOS grafting classes
are quite successful; our customers are just bringing the hard stuff
to us! The last twiggy growth of a dying rare peach tree, with a sincere request to "save it," will always bring out the best in me~ And there's nothing like the enthusiasm of satisfied customers returning to have you, "do some more!"
My only "break" came while running to my truck to grab my new (low magnification) reading glasses so as to perform micro-surgery
on these difficult grafts. Doing an equal number of "cleft grafts," - to the usual (and much quicker) "whip & tongue," - I'd joke that they'd just received a $6 graft for just $3! "Should I pay you?" Their innocent answer did! (no, you're fine
) We only had a couple of "casualties" among the grafters... I'd never seen such carnage, and won't name names, but I'd just "jokingly" nailed a box of Band-Aids
to the wall under our grafting signs! The boys were still smiling - and grafting - if not bleeding!
With my run through the Fair-plex - the event looked impressive. Goodies galore & guest speakers upstairs! Unable to go 9 hours without food, I'd gorged between customers on cold pizza... so when time came for the Post-event Dinner
- I was full~ But not too full to taste-test some cider at the informal
"tailgater" outside. I don't remember which "batch" was my favorite; but I do remember...
Any Members interested in participating may simply ask; there are always niches & needs. And for those I only
see at this yearly event: wasn't it a Blast?
- & see you next year!