"Mabel Gray and I are busy with the wine half the day. We have sealed nearly all the Centennial white wine of the 'Lillie' brand, which was made in 1876 and was our first vintage."
~ Martha Hitchcock, Drew Sparks & Sally Kellman, A Salon at Larkmead
Lillie planted vines on her property at Larkmead and was well connected to the local winegrowers of the time like Schram, Tubbs, Krug, and Beringer. She planted numerous varietals including Zinfandel and Riesling and harvested around 200 tons. She was offered around $14 to $17 a ton, an amount which Mrs. Hitchcok lamented that would "not pay half Lillie's expenses of cultivation."