Lakeview Farms

May 19, 2011 Newsletter

Cabot strawberry The weather has been anything but normal during strawberry bloom -- ranging from excessively hot to unusually cold but it looks as if the strawberries will be ready close to our "normal" opening date.  With the extremes of weather during the bloom, there is a big variability in ripening from one row to the next with some rows having lots of nice, ripe berries, and others showing almost all green. 

Current plans are to have the traditional "early bird" first day picking  Friday, May 20.   We will open at 7:30 AM for a limited number of customers (first come, first serve)  and close when we run out of berries or 11:00 AM -- whichever comes first.  It is early in the Cabot season, so you can expect very scattered picking -- a few ripe berries here and there so I would not recommend  coming with the expectation of bringing home large quantities of berries.  However if you need just a few fresh-from-the-farm berries, this "early bird" picking might be just right for you.  I'm not quite sure yet what the situation will be for Saturday & Sunday  but  peak picking for 2010 will probably be May 27  thru June 8 with the season ending about June 15.     For more detailed information on our strawberry hours, season, pricing, and latest crop report click on http://www.lakeview-farms.com/ContentsStrawberry.htm.

Early in the season it is always a good idea (particularly if you are coming later in the morning) to call the farm right before you drive out to get an up-to-date status report on strawberry availability and picking conditions.