Lakeview Farms

January 13, 2016 Newsletter

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Strawberries--The berry plants looked good prior to mulching for he winter

The supply of strawberries for the start of the 2016 season in May should be good. Rainy weather again impacted berry picking during the last week of strawberry picking in 2015 and caused considerable loss of spoiled berries, less than satisfactorily picking conditions plus "washed out" bland berry flavor. I am hopeful that we will not have a repeat fourth year-in-a-row of rainy harvest weather in 2016 but if we do it will be a good test of a new variety we planted last year, Mayflower. This new variety from the UK seemed to hold up quite well in the rainy weather other Eastern and Midwest strawberry growers experienced during 2014 and 2015. For the 2016 harvest we will also have a larger quantity of Flavorfest available, which is reported to be an exceptionally good tasting. Results of limited taste tests in 2015 were inconclusive at our farm.

Raspberry crop prospects for June 2016 look better than 2015

2015 was a very disappointing raspberry season but the winter weather of 2016 has been more favorable so far so perhaps 2016 will turn out better. While the newer Prelude red raspberry performed well the black and yellow Raspberries were very disappointing--crop size was perhaps 25% of normal and berry size significantly smaller than expected. Nova red raspberry fruited an excellent crop but fell victim to the late summer rains.