Wine and juice grapes may offer a profitable alternative to small- and medium-sized farmers, according to a new publication from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.


“Marketing Options for Grapes and Grape Products” helps identify some of the factors involved in deciding whether to starting a vineyard and which marketing outlet to choose, according to a news release.


It was written by food scientists Pamela Brady and Justin Morris and agricultural economist Michael Thomsen.


The book also highlights muscadine grapes, which have become popular in the Southeast they withstand the leafhopper-vectored Pierce’s disease. Muscadines can be sold fresh or made into wines.


To download the publication, visit http://arkansasagnews.uark.edu. It also is available free by calling (479) 575-5670.


In addition, the university has published grape production budgets and good agricultural practices for handling grapes.