Lakeview Farms

August 12, 2012 Newsletter

Late Season Red Raspberry picking has almost begun

Prelude Red Raspberries are available to pick starting Monday, August 13. Our newest Prelude planting once again looks great for the fall harvest. Since most of the fall Prelude hang under the foliage there has been only a modest amount of sun burning of berries exposed to the hot afternoon sun. There should be even less of a problem now since the weather is forecast to cool off. Fall Prelude picking could extend into late September if the weather cooperates.

Most of the Fall Gold yellow raspberries canes bloomed during the 100F weather these last few weeks so there will probably only be a very limited fall supply of Golden Raspberries this year. It's doubtful that Nova will produce a high quality late Red Raspberry crop in 2012.

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 5 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 11 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.