almost everyone in king hill grows grapes. being that close to the snake river means extremely fertile soil and excellent conditions for growing just about any fruit--lots of apples, apricots, plums, etc--but the most common is grapes. this arbor stretches over part of a sidewalk in town, with three delicious grape varieties that are all perfectly ripe right now. the owner is fine with people coming and picking what they need--same goes for the vines behind the church, next door to rifka’s house. we picked this heaping plateful for our feast:
today my mom and i are going to glens ferry (a small town you drive through on the way to the even smaller king hill, about seven miles away) to tour carmela vineyards. we’re doing a story together--she writes, i photograph. and hopefully we both munch grapes.