Lakeview Farms

September 4, 2007 Newsletter

Pumpkins and Fall Decorations
With the very warm weather we have had throughout the month of August, the fall decorations are ripening much earlier than normal so Lakeview Farms will be opening for decorative corn, gourds, squash, pumpkins, corn stalks and straw sales starting Wednesday, September 5.  For the hotter first half of September we'll probably only stay open until 1 PM. 

Most items are now available but there are some exceptions such as Fairytale Pumpkins, Wee-Be-Little mini pumpkins, Red Warty Thing gourds ...which probably will not be ready until later in September. This looks like a good year for our huge prizewinner pumpkins and the best season ever for the white Cotton Candy and Orange Smoothie painting pumpkins.  Some of the new squash items like Galeux d'Dysines and the Giant Pink Banana are spectacularly colored!  The new huge white pumpkin Full Moon should be a big hit since it is easily carved.

Pictures of new Items for 2007

 Galeux d Eysines Squash Pink Banana Squash  Full Moon Pumpkin

Dried Gourds
For 2007 we have only a very modest collection of dried gourds due to the early October freeze in 2006 which damaged the gourds before they were able to harden off for winter.

Fall Raspberries
We should have a limited supply of red raspberries for those who arrive early each day.  While our supply of fall fruiting red raspberries has grown from 600 to 1500 feet, the berry size on the established three rows of fall fruiting Nova is small which means much slower picking than normal.  The size on the one row of new Nova and two rows of new Prelude planted this spring still looks OK.  For those individuals who find the Nova excessively tart, the relatively mild favored Prelude should be a big hit. For more information and a picture of Prelude check out: RaspberryVarietiesCombined.htm.

Our golden yellow raspberry, Anne, is still available but unfortunately peaked during the 90-100F weather of mid August which took a heavy toll on the total yellow raspberry crop.  Like last year we'll operate on self check-in & check-out and no recorded crop report on the phone or website.  If you have a question about up-to-the-minute picking status call me on my cell phone (636-387-2695) during the day. Picking is on a first come/first served basis and as usual I would not recommend making a special trip to our farm just to pick Raspberries. 

Fun Things for Kids
Most of the fun things for kids like the corn maze, troll's trail, sorghum maze, diamond digs, and treasure hunts are available during normal business hours. The Hay Pyramid should be complete about mid September--way ahead of our usual schedule. Gold & silver prospecting in our creek probably won't begin until the first weekend of October since we are taking new steps to limit access and better supervise this activity to insure that children are more likely to find something.  Keep in mind that we are closed Sundays in September and closed Mondays in October. The Pumpkin Troll will be on duty starting the first weekend of October on Saturday & Sunday afternoon from 12 Noon to 4 PM.