Lakeview Farms

January 17, 2007 Newsletter

Just to keep you up-to-date on what's happening at Lakeview Farms.

Customers in the News
Several of our more photogenic customers & their children have managed to end up in several newspaper feature articles that have appeared in 2006 and 2005.  We have a copy of these feature articles going all the way back to 2000 on our web site: NewspaperPhotos.htm in case you are interested.

We did have some record sized (100 grams) Cabot berries ( see BiggestStrawberryList.htm )but overall, 2006 was an average year for strawberries with June rains spoiling what would otherwise have been an excellent season.  For 2007 our acreage will be 100% Cabot --this marks the first time we have ever made a total commitment to only one variety.  

We had an excellent crop in 2006 -- close to the record setting pace of 2005 and the season ran into July for the first time since 1999.  In 2007 we will continue to replace our winter injury plagued Camby variety with Nova and a newer, slightly smaller, variety called Prelude for those of you that think that the Nova is too tart.  The Nova red raspberry jam that we made this winter was outstanding, however, and reminded me of jam from the fall raspberry Heritage that we used to grow.

Pumpkins & Fall Decorations
It was a difficult pumpkin year due to dry & hot weather but we still managed come in slightly above last year despite running out of completely orange carving pumpkins the last two days of the season.  Pumpkin size overall was lower, however, and some of the new varieties that we tried were big disappointments.  We continued to have serious difficulties growing the little orange "troll" mini pumpkins due to Watermelon Mosaic Virus (WMV) and may have to eliminate this item from the troll's handouts in 2007.

Dried Gourds 
Excellent sales of dried gourds in 2006 coupled with serious early freeze damage to 2007 green crop may make for overall lower availability in 2007.  The early October freeze caught some green gourds in a very active growing state and resulted in excessive field spoilage in November & December.  We will have a better idea of dried gourd availability by early summer.