Lakeview Farms

August 24, 2011 Newsletter

Late Season Raspberries are starting
Prelude Red Raspberries are available to pick now and Nova should be ready in September. A very limited supply of Fall Gold yellow raspberries will probably be available for early customers each day we are open.

While our older Prelude bloomed during the hottest part of July and suffered accordingly from the several weeks of 95F, our later maturing 2011 Prelude planting fall crop is coming along fine since the weather cooled off somewhat. Picking is on a first come basis so until the newer Prelude planting hits peak picking in September, we will be very limited supply-wise. Later rising customers would probably be better off waiting a couple of weeks. Fall raspberry picking should extend into late September or early October.

Fall raspberries are normally less productive than the June crop so we will continue to handle fall picking in low key fashion: 1. Customer self check in/out (Pricing is $2 per half pint and either cash or check is acceptable). 2. Customers may pick wherever they please (no field supervisor) 3. Picking status/conditions may not be updated on our web site and our main farm land number for the berry season (636-978-8830) remains seasonally disconnected until next April. However, information on picking conditions and hours for the current day, are available by calling me on my cell phone (636-387-2695) from 6 AM until 6 PM. Early in the season it would be a good idea to call me right before making a trip to the farm. Picking hours during August and the first half of September will be Monday thru Saturday from 7:30 AM until 10:30 AM. Depending upon the availability of berries and the flow of customers we may have to make adjustments to our hours and days of operation but I will post this on our website at www.lakeview-farms.com/LateRaspberrySeason.htm. Be sure to enter our farm at the LOWER level across the street from Grace Church and follow the instructions on the white dry erase board -- call me on my cell phone if you need additional help or directions to the raspberry patch once you arrive.

For those of you new to picking fall raspberries keep in mind that the fall Prelude berries normally hang under the foliage and there are usually both blossoms and ripe fruit on each cane so you need to use the white metal raspberry carriers to hold the picked fruit and adopt a "two free hands" picking approach (one to lift the canes and one to pick the berry) to avoid "picking" honey bees or yellow jacket wasps. Raspberry blossoms are extremely attractive to honey bees and yellow jacket wasps "pig out" on ripe fruit. Unlike the summer crop, fall raspberries are more prone to mold in periods of cool, wet weather so their storage life is limited despite our treatments of fungicides specifically targeted against grey mold. 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 information on the differences among our raspberry varieties see http://www.lakeview-farms.com/RaspberryVarietiesCombined.htm

Dried Gourds
We still have an excellent supply of most dried gourd varieties available for sale. For more information on our dried gourds see http://www.lakeview-farms.com/DriedGourdAvailability.htm.