Lakeview Farms

August 28, 2008 Newsletter

Prelude Raspberry
Late Season Raspberries
Prelude Raspberries are available to pick now and Nova should be ready in about two weeks.   Prelude is a very mild tasting berry that can be picked even when not totally ripe but Nova is a rather tart but very pretty berry that must be totally ripe (very dark red) or you'll have difficulty getting the berry off the bush.  For more detailed information on both varieties and their relative strengths/problems click here.  For those of you new to picking fall raspberries keep in mind that there are usually both blossoms and ripe fruit on each cane so you need to adopt a "two handed" picking approach (one to lift the canes and one to pick the berry) to avoid "picking" bees.  Raspberry blossoms are extremely attractive to honey bees.
Both late season raspberries are  less productive than the June crop so we will continue to handle picking in low key  fashion: 1. Customer self check in/out. 2. Customers may pick wherever they please (no field supervisor) 3.  Picking status/conditions are not updated on our phone or web site.  For information on picking conditions and hours for the current day, customers are welcome to call me on my cell phone 636-387-2695 before traveling to the farm.

Pumpkins and Fall Decorations
Pumpkins and squash are starting to color up early (like 2007) so we should have an adequate assortment of items to permit opening sometime during the first or second week of September; a separate email on this subject will be sent when we open.

Dried Gourds
We have an excellent supply of dried gourds available for sale.