Up-to-date report on PYO/U-Pick raspberry picking conditions at Lakeview Farms ( St. Louis Missouri metro area)for other information click one of the links below:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Full bloom in both the Prelude and Reveille red raspberry is evident which means a very early red raspberry season.
Saturday, June 25, 2016: A modest quantity of Red, Black, and Yellow raspberries was picked on our final day of raspberry picking.
Friday, June 24, 2016: Picking pressure was light today so a good supply of Red Raspberries will remain for Saturday. We are nearing the end of the Black Raspberry season so the supply will be limited for Saturday picking -- try to come early if possible.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016: Black Raspberry and Nova (Red) raspberry picking continued to be good. The Yellow Honey Queen is looking good as well. Next raspberry picking will be on Friday, June 24.
Monday, June 20, 2016: Black Raspberry and Nova (Red) raspberry picking continued to be good. Yellow raspberry picking on the Fall Gold was pretty scattered at the end of its season but the Yellow Honey Queen is starting to come in. Next raspberry picking will be on Wednesday, June 22.
Friday, June 17, 2016: Black raspberry picking pressure on Friday was heavy once again so we may have a more limited supply of black raspberries on Saturday than I would prefer. Call early Saturday morning to check out the black raspberry picking situation for Saturday. Nova red raspberry picking continues to be good and the supply for Saturday should be ample.
Thursday, June 16, 2016: The Nova red raspberry & Jewel black raspberries seem to be holding up pretty well in the heat but Reveille is showing some sunburn (white spots on berries). Black raspberry picking pressure was heavy so we may not be able to pick black raspberries on Friday. Call early Friday morning to see if we are picking black raspberries on Friday.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016: We finally have a good supply of Black Raspberries for picking! For Thursday, picking should be good in Red, Black, and Yellow raspberries -- we'll be starting early at 7 AM and closing early at 10 AM because of the heat.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016: Shutting down Black Raspberry picking for today and a light crowd means we should go into Wednesday with a good supply of red, yellow, and black raspberries for pickers.
Monday, June 13, 2016: A good supply of red and yellow raspberries was available for pickers on Monday. Heavy customer picking pressure on the Black Raspberries, however, showed that they are still not at their peak: even with two days rest, picking was a little more scattered than I would have liked to see. We may have to allow more time between pickings and shut down Black Raspberry picking for Tuesday. Call me on my cell phone 636-387-2695 Tuesday morning between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM to find out if we are picking Black raspberries on Tuesday.
June 11, 2016: Heavy customer picking pressure reduced our inventory of ripe red raspberries to a level that did not justify opening tomorrow so we will shut down on Sunday and reopen on Monday. Black Raspberry picking was still pretty scattered today, Friday, but should be much better on Monday with and extra day to ripen. On yellow raspberries there was actually a few left over at the end of the day so they should look good on Monday as well!
June 10, 2016. Red raspberry picking was heavily concentrated in Prelude and Reveille on Friday. Nova was rested and has had two days rest so it will be our main variety for Saturday. Try to come early on Saturday as we may need to close out Raspberry picking before our normal closing time if the Nova are not as productive as expected. Scattered Black raspberry picking was allowed for very early arrivals and that will probably be the case for Saturday as well. Customers continue to pick the unsupervised Fall Gold yellow raspberries just as soon as they ripen.
June 9, 2016: Red raspberry picking was concentrated in Prelude and Reveille and a good supply of both berries remains for Friday pickers. Nova is also an option for Friday. The Black Raspberries are starting to finally show some black so we are hopeful that we will be able to start picking either Friday or Saturday.
June 8, 2016: Today was another big raspberry day! Prelude looked good but customers seemed to be picking more unripe Nova than I would like to see. For Thursday we will be picking Reveille and possibly Prelude. The Black raspberries are still red and probably not going to be ripe for tomorrow's picking. A respectable quantity of yellow raspberries were picked today. Try to come early on Thursday as we may need to close out Raspberry picking before our normal closing time.
June 7, 2016: Today was our biggest raspberry customer turnout of the season so far? Both Prelude and Reveille looked good. Nova was rested today and will be available for picking Wednesday but will probably not support a huge customer turnout like we had today. Try to come early on Wednesday as we may need to close out Raspberry picking before our normal closing time. The Black Raspberries today were pretty uniformly red (not Black) so most likely will not be pick able on Wednesday.
June 6, 2016: Good picking was available in both Prelude & Reveille today. The first Nova picking was scattered but the berries looked great. Yellow raspberries are still ripening slower than the customers are coming so picking is more scattered than I would hope for.
June 5, 2016: We had a very busy red raspberry picking day with good picking in both the Reveille and Prelude. If it is sufficiently ripe, we may be able to pick Nova for the first time on Monday. Black raspberries are still a few days from ripening -- I am getting concerned about the small Black raspberry berry size and hope we do not have a repeat of last year's crop.
June 4, 2016: Yellow raspberry picking started but customers picked all the ripe berries in the first two hours that we were open. Prelude picking continued to be good and we have a good supply going into Sunday.
June 3, 2016: Picking is good on the two rows of Prelude but customers continue to come faster than the berries are ripening so try to come early if you can. We had to shut down raspberry picking about 9:30 AM on Thursday.
May 31, 2016: Picking is starting to look good for the red raspberries. It looks as if we should have a good supply of ripe berries for Wednesday, June 1, picking. Black Raspberries are starting to show some red coloration which means some ripe berries can be expected in about 4 days. Yellow raspberries are still very scattered and just starting.
May 29, 2016: Like Saturday, Scattered red raspberry picking was available for customers who came early.
Saturday, May 28, 2016: Scattered red raspberry picking was available for customers who came early. Some of the yellow raspberries are showing good color but are not yet available in significant quantities for picking.
May 13, 2016: Bloom on the black raspberries looks exceptionally heavy this year -- this could be our best year ever! Yellow raspberry bloom looks good but it is too early to judge what berry size will be.
April 30, 2016: Early season raspberry bloom in the newer Prelude looks heavy and the Reveille is close behind. Our harvest schedule season for all varieties should be similar to 2015.
March 26, 2016: Early season Raspberry pruning has been completed. Plant vigor and budding looks excellent on the Reveille, Nova, Newer Prelude, and Fall Gold. Once again, Honey Queen shows extensive winter kill despite a very mild (for St. Louis) winter. Crown Gall in the older Prelude looks pretty bad so roughly 150 ft. of row will need to be removed after harvest in June.
June 23, 2015: The continual rains have forced us to stop Raspberry picking for the season.June 18, 2015: The constant rains are starting to have an impact on our Raspberries. While considerable grey mold on the susceptible Reveille & Prelude red raspberries is now evident, the season on these early varieties was just about complete anyway. The black raspberries seem "rain proof" and show no signs of fungal damage so far -- picking was excellent for today, Thursday. Picking is finally very good in the Nova but there are a few overripe berries showing grey mold so pickers need to be selective about what they pick. The yellow raspberries are looking great but the very large (and late) Honey Queen, like Nova is showing some mold. The smaller Fall Gold still looks good which is suprising since it is a very soft and high sugar content fruit.
Last updated July 5, 2013
July 5, 2013: Scattered Yellow, and Red raspberry picking should be expected for our final picking day day, Saturday, July 6. While still quite plentiful, the size on the Black raspberries has declined to blueberry size making "blueberry" type cluster picking feasible (rolling off several berries with one motion). The size on the late maturing golden raspberries, Honey Queen still looks great.
July 3, 2013: Black, Yellow, and Red raspberries should be available for tomorrow, July 4. Black raspberries continue to look good and the very late, large golden raspberry, Honey Queen is just starting to come in.
July 1, 2013: Raspberry picking will be ending sometime this week. Red and Yellow raspberries are still available but scattered in the interior of the bushes. Black raspberries still look plentiful for Tuesday but pickers will need to get into the bushes to find the largest and ripest berries.
PM June 28, 2013: Another day of heavy red raspberry picking (Friday) leaves us with only our Prelude available for picking on Saturday so red raspberry customers should try to arrive early or call if they are coming later in the morning. The black and yellow raspberry availability situation for Saturday looks better but could change quickly if the red raspberry supply is exhausted early. We will definitely close this Sunday to give the berries a chance to ripen more fully for Monday's picking.
AM June 28, 2013: Red, Black, and Yellow Raspberries will be available for picking on Friday, June 28. We had a heavy customer turnout on Thursday so the supply of all Raspberries for Friday could be limited for those arriving later in the morning.
June 27, 2013: Red, Black, and Yellow Raspberries will be available for picking on Thursday, June 27.
June 25, 2013: Red, Black, and Yellow Raspberries will be available for
picking on Wednesday, June 26. Today, all three raspberries (Red, Black,
and Yellow) were finally in plentiful supply and picking was excellent. A
KSDK "Show Me St. Louis" journalist, Coreen Savitski, was at our farm to film a
feature that was aired on Wednesday morning.
June 24, 2013: Red, Black, and Yellow Raspberries will be available for picking on Tuesday, June 25. This should be our best day yet for Black & Yellow Raspberry picking -- the bushes look loaded !
June 23, 2013: Red, Black, and Yellow Raspberries will be available for picking on Monday, June 24.
June 21, 2013: Red, Black, and Yellow Raspberries will be available for picking on Saturday, June 22.
June 20, 2013: We will reopen the Black Raspberry field for picking again on Friday, June 21. Come early in the morning if Black Raspberries are a "must have". Today was our first picking day on Nova, a late variety that will hopefully carry us into July. Red raspberry picking continues to be excellent.
June 18, 201: Today was our first day of Black Raspberry picking -- ripe berries were pretty much concentrated on the 1/4 of our row that is on a south facing slope. There appears to be a excellent quantity of berries that are red (almost ripe) throughout the whole black raspberry row. Red raspberry picking continues to be excellent.
June 16, 2013: We have an excellent supply of Prelude and Reveille red raspberries for Monday--picking should be great ! Some yellow raspberries should be available for early arriving customers who are interested.
June 14, 2013: The "black" raspberries are showing good red color so our estimate of a June 18 opening date is probably still good. Red Raspberry picking in the Prelude continues to be good.
June 11, 2013: We "opened the field" to red raspberry customers and were surprised at how many half pints were picked. Four unpicked rows were set aside for early Wednesday customers.
June 9, 2013: There seems to be enough ripe red raspberries that we will allowing a few "early bird" customers (who are interested) to pick some of the scattered Prelude and Reveille raspberries on Monday, June 10. There are just a few, scattered ripe raspberries so I would not recommend making a special trip to the farm for raspberries but if you are coming to pick strawberries anyway....you are welcome to be our "test picker" .
June 5, 2013: Prelude & Reveille are showing some scattered red so our estimated picking calendar is probably spot on. The bloom and fruit set on the Fall Gold Raspberries continues to look excellent -- there should be an excellent yellow raspberry crop this year.
May 19, 2013: Scattered blooms were noticed in the Jewel Black Raspberries as we were installing the new bird netting.
May 14, 2013: Scattered blooms in the Prelude, Reveille, and Fall Gold are now evident. It looks like a much later than normal raspberry season this year.
May 8, 2013: Most of the Prelude are showing tight buds so early bloom is just a few days away. Some of the Fall Gold yellow raspberries are showing early budding so the yellow raspberry season may be earlier than I had expected. The Black Raspberries are now leafed out and are looking exceptionally good. The black raspberry eating birds seem to enjoy roosting on the very tall trellis posts that we constructed last fall to support bird netting -- I don't think that they appreciate yet what this means to their favorite berry diet!
April 23, 2013: Most red and yellow raspberry plants have leafed out now. Among the red raspberries, the newer Prelude look excellent as usual, the Reveille look good and the Nova look fair to good. The older two rows of Prelude continue to perform poorly and will probably need to be taken out at the end of the 2013 season. Among the yellow raspberries the Fall Gold looks excellent but the upper half of the Honey Queen canes died back during the winter -- evidently this variety is not as winter hardy as I had expected.
June 5, 2012: The Jewel black raspberry was such a "hit" with the birds that "resting the berries" actually gave the birds uninterrupted access to the berries for a whole day and turned out just to have the opposite of the intended effect. We will probably need to consider netting this variety if we intend to harvest anything at all in 2013. The Nova red raspberry is at its peak now but we have only 4 rows available so alternate day picking will probably be required for the remainder of the red raspberry season. For some strange reason, the birds prefer not to eat Nova. The fortunate few that "stumbled on" to our Honey Queen golden raspberries were quite impressed with its flavor and size--this variety looks like a winner !!
May 30: Our Jewel black raspberry is really coming on strong but is facing heavy picking pressure from both customers and the birds. We may need to shift to alternate day black raspberry picking to allow for proper ripening. Be sure to call our farm before driving out to check black raspberry availability if this is No. 1 on your "must have" list. Reveille suffered some minor sunburn Tuesday (white spots on the berries facing directly into the sun) but I don't think this will significantly cut into our red raspberry supply since Nova is starting to look really good and some scattered early Prelude picking is still available.
May 25: Our Nova raspberry is finally starting to look good and should be a mainstay for the remainder of the season. Prelude and Reveille still look good for the Memorial Day weekend but won't be lasting much past the first few days of June. We allowed customers to "test pick" the Jewel black raspberry for the first time but picking was still a little more scattered than it will be in the next few days. Yellow raspberry availability is improving but customers are still "cleaning out" the patch early.
May 20, 2012: It has been a very busy weekend for red raspberries with record daily Raspberry sales on Saturday but Reveille and Prelude picking remains good and a good supply of ripe berries is available for tomorrow (Monday May 21) even after heavy picking pressure on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The late raspberry, Nova has started but picking is still very scattered in this variety. The Jewel black raspberries are pretty much colored up red now but will ripen (turn black) a little latter than I had expected. Fall Gold yellow raspberry picking remains scattered and early raspberry customers seem to be picking them as fast as they ripen. I sampled some early berries from our other yellow raspberry, Honey Queen and was quite impressed with the size and flavor but we have only about 75 ft. of this variety for testing purposes.
May 18, 2012: Raspberry picking in the Reveille and Prelude has been excellent these last few days and we expect to be starting Nova today so the availability of raspberries should be very good for the whole week. Black & Yellow raspberries should start up sometime in the next few days --- we will send out a separate email newsletter when they begin.
May 14, 2012: Customers picked Reveille for the second time and it looks like the best season ever for this variety. Lack of really cold winter temperatures meant that we had very little winter injury this year. A few scattered yellow raspberries were sampled today by customers and although the size is small, the flavor is very, very sweet !
May 10, 2012: The Prelude are really starting to come in now and the Reveille are perhaps a day or two from beginning. The black raspberries are starting to color up and there are even a few yellow raspberries ripe for picking now.
May 6, 2012: Customers picked about 12 half pints of red raspberries. This opening date was the earliest yet in the history of Lakeview Farms!
May 4, 2012: There looked like a enough ripe Prelude to pick a few half pints of red raspberries for my cereal but the 10:00 AM thunderstorm put a damper on my picking enthusiasm -- strawberries will have to be enough for Sunday morning! I still can't believe how early the red raspberries will be this year --- about 3 weeks ahead of normal !!
April 30, 2012: I saw the first Prelude raspberries starting to color up -- it will be a very early season for sure !!
April 19, 2012: The Jewel black raspberries are beginning to bloom so we may have black raspberries earlier than I expected.
April 11, 2012: All red raspberries were in full bloom and had to be irrigated during the frosty nights of April 10 & 11 to protect the blossoms from freezing. I very rarely ever have to frost protect raspberries since they normally bloom significantly later than the strawberries. 2012 is apparently not a normal year !
April 8, 2012: I am impressed with the foliage and fruiting clusters on our new black raspberry -- it should be an exceptional first harvest probably some time in late May. The Yellow raspberries came thru the mild winter in exceptional shape as well.
March 22, 2012: Prelude canes are almost fully leafed out and showing exceptional vigor. Some small unopened blossom clusters are evident which means that we will have to frost protect both Raspberries AND Strawberries from early frosts or freezes.
June 28, 2011: Today was our last picking day for the early raspberries.
June 23: 2011: Both Reveille & Prelude are now past their season so just 4 rows of our late bearing Nova are available to pick. Picking is on a two to three day interval necessitating "closed" days.
June 16, 2011: The Nova are at their peak now and look excellent ! Reveille picking continues to be better than I had expected based on the amount of delayed winter injury that is now obvious.
June 10, 2011: Despite overhead misting during the hottest part of the afternoon, the Reveille have been under extreme temperature stress for over 10 days now and are now starting to show delayed winter injury symptoms -- although soil moisture is good, the moderately winter damaged canes are not able to translocate water and other nutrients to the fruiting points and canes (with green berries) are either shriveling up and dying or producing very small fruit. The extensive winter damage to Prelude, Reveille, and Canby means we will have a raspberry crop significantly smaller than last year. So far, the Nova crop looks normal but Nova is only 40% of our acreage. The smaller crop means we will probably switch to alternate day picking once the strawberry season is over and delay sending the raspberry cards we had stamped & ready to go.
June 9, 2011: We picked Nova for the first time today but this variety is just beginning to ripen so raspberry picking is still not at its peak.
June 6, 2011: We finally have enough ripe Reveille to allow customer picking so this should take some pressure off the over picked Prelude. Reveille does have a tendency to sunburn in very intense sunshine and high temperatures like we have had now for several days in a row so we will need to "baby" this variety with intermittent overhead irrigation without creating a severe leaf spot problem. Our supply of Raspberries should improve dramatically when four rows of Nova start up either tomorrow or the next day.
May 29, 2011: We have let early customers into the Prelude raspberries for the last two days now. Picking is very scattered but will improve quickly with the warm weather forecast.
May 25, 2011: We are starting to see the first few ripe Prelude raspberries -- just enough to feed the birds !
May 14, 2011: While some limited Prelude will be ripe toward the end of May, the later Reveille and Nova will constitute the bulk of berries available in 2011 so the peak season will be later than normal. Some leaf spot was noticed on the Prelude for the first time ever so our best raspberry variety in 2010 is having an all-around tough year in 2011.
May 4, 2011: We had to irrigate the Prelude for frost control last night -- this is highly unusual for summer raspberries and necessary in only about 1 year in 10. Reveille is at the expanded bud stage and if temperatures were expected to drop into the mid 20's we would have had to irrigate them as well.
April 25, 2011: We are starting to see scattered blooms in the Prelude.
April 19, 2011: Large flower bud clusters are now evident on the Prelude and Reveille so it should be a very early raspberry season like 2010.
April 14, 2011: One row of a hard-to-find yellow raspberry (Honey Queen from Alberta, Canada) was planted. Some winter damage is evident in the red raspberries we will be harvesting in June. Our single row of Canby will have only about ¼ of a normal crop and our two rows of Prelude will fruit only about ½ of a normal crop. The Reveille and Nova look much, much better than last year and should provide more than enough berries to meet customer demand. I am concerned long term about the Nova, however, as I have begun to notice an debilitating bacterial disease(crown gall) attack some of the canes.
March 19, 2011: Pruning of fruiting canes for the 2011 harvest in June is almost complete. Some evidence of winter damage on Canby and Prelude fruiting canes appears evident but Reveille and Nova look in good shape.
March 18, 2011: Two new rows (600) feet of new Prelude were planted today despite very wet conditions. This will effectively double our acreage of Prelude for the late season 2011 harvest. We also planted a 300 ft. row of Black Raspberries -- a new crop for Lakeview Farms which should yield a partial harvest in June, 2012 !
March 7, 2011: In response to continue customer inquiries regarding yellow raspberries, we planted 300 ft. of Fall Gold, an older variety that I once grew in our home garden. While the berries will be much smaller than Anne, the flavor is unworldly good! Like Anne, Fall Gold is normally grown for its fall crop, but we will most likely shoot for just a June (2012) crop. Fall Gold was bred from berries found in the mountains of Korea so it should have significantly better winter hardiness than Anne.
June 19, 2010: Like last year (2009), Japanese beetles have become a severe problem on the new canes that will bear fruit in 2011. While these insects can be easily controlled with an application of Sevin, this application will force an early end to our Raspberry season. Today was our last day of raspberry picking.
June 15, 2010: Picking for the Prelude is finished but the late Nova are now starting to hit their peak. We had our first "rainout" of the season today as a storm front moved thru our area drenching pickers and berries alike.
June 3, 2010: The Raspberries are looking really good. Picking is excellent.
May 28, 2010: Raspberry picking is starting to improve dramatically but we are still not in peak picking conditions.
May 23, 2010: We allowed a few raspberry pickers into the field for the first time--picking was very scattered but they did manage to find about 7 half pints of ripe berries.
May 18, 2010: I saw the first ripe red raspberries confirming that this will be an exceptionally early season !
May 8, 2010: The Prelude raspberries appear LOADED with small, green fruit --- they will probably all ripen over a short time interval and be gone early.
April 24, 2010: There appears to be widespread blooming in the Prelude and scattered blooms in the Reveille.
April 22, 2010: We are starting to see scattered raspberry blooms in the Prelude -- this could be our earliest raspberry season ever !
March 24, 2010: Good progress has been made toward completing pruning for 2010 fruiting canes. Early varieties like Prelude and Reveille are starting to show new shoot growth indicating that they have broken dormancy.
June 26, 2009: The Nova still look good but Japanese beetles are becoming a problem on the new canes that will bear fruit in 2010. We will shut down for the season after picking tomorrow, Saturday, to spray and hopefully control this pest before it does serious damage to next years crop.
June 18, 2009: We still have an excellent supply of raspberries. All varieties seem to be holding up well despite the excessively wet weather of the past few days. Nova picking is at its peak !
June 11, 2009: Despite the rainy weather the raspberries continue to hold up well. Scattered picking was started in the Nova, a variety that should extend our picking season into late June.
June 6, 2009: Peak raspberry picking has started in the Prelude and Reveille and the bushes look really loaded. Lots of raspberries were picked on both Friday and Saturday by customers.
June 2, 2009: Both the Reveille and Prelude were picked today. The raspberries are still scattered but should be coming in strong in a few days.
May 28, 2009: Strawberry customers were able to scrounge the Prelude and find 3 half pints of raspberries. Serious Raspberry picking will probably begin this weekend.
May 26, 2009: I saw the first ripe Prelude raspberries and Reveille is not far behind so we are probably looking at a record early start.
May 17, 2009: The Prelude raspberries are coming along quite well and slightly ahead of schedule. Notice that there are very few blossoms left which means the harvest season on this variety will be very concentrated. (the Nova variety will be coming in later)
May 11, 2009: Raspberries are in full bloom and are a "beehive" of activity -- there were so many bees you could actually hear the "hummmmmmmmmmmmmm". Raspberry nectar seems to be a favorite of the honey bees!
April 27, 2009: Both Prelude and Reveille appear very close to bloom so we could have a "record" early starting season if the weather remains close to normal. Winter Injury on our remaining two rows of Canby is some of the worst I have ever seen but all other varieties seem to have survived the 0ºF weather this winter with minimal damage.
April 15, 2009: Despite the cooler weather over the last two weeks, the raspberries seem to be leafing out as if the weather were warm. Some unopened blossom clusters are now evident on the Prelude which means season timing should be close to 2008.
March 21, 2009: While the Prelude, Nova, and Reveille canes are beginning to leaf out, the Canby look as if they have suffered significant winter injury during the 0ºF weather earlier this year. Since we have eliminated all but two rows of Canby, this should not have a major negative impact on our overall raspberry crop for 2009.
July 5, 2008: Today was our last picking day for early raspberries.
June 27, 2008: We have had some excellent raspberry picking as customer flow has lightened up over these last few days. While Prelude is fading, Nova is just beginning to come on strong and should last into the first week of July.
June 18, 2008: Due to heavy customer traffic, the Prelude has been over picked these last few days and will need to be given a longer interval between picking. We have begun picking Canby and picking was scattered but berry size was excellent. The Reveille are disappointing this season -- substantial delayed cane winter kill is evident now and berry size is smaller than normal. Unfortunately , roughly 1/4 of our raspberry patch is Reveille so this will have a big impact on berry availability these next two weeks. Nova is still not totally ripe but shows excellent color.
June 12, 2008: The two rows of Prelude had some excellent picking today. Unfortunately, the Reveille, Nova, and Canby are still not totally ripe so picking remains limited to early in the morning. Nova and Canby picking should start early next week.
June 8, 2008: Customers have been picking small quantities of scattered early ripening Prelude for the last few days. Reveille, Nova, and Canby are still not ripe, however.
May 31, 2008: The Prelude and Nova raspberries are continuing to look excellent. I saw my first ripe Prelude raspberry today which means that the season should start during the first week of June -- right on schedule and unlike the strawberry crop which is 12 days behind normal. Nova is still in full bloom which means we should have a good supply of raspberries up until at least July 1.
May 14, 2008: All raspberry varieties are now in bloom. The three rows of Reveille do not look as vigorous as I would like to see and new cane growth for 2009 looks weak. Evidently, the severe raspberry leaf spot problems observed during summer 2007 on Reveille are having a big impact on 2008 growth. Prelude and Nova both look normal, however.
May 4, 2008: We saw the first open Prelude blossoms.
April 29, 2008: No blossoms have opened yet on the Prelude so the raspberry season will probably not start as early as I had expected.
April 19, 2008: Blossom clusters(unopened) are evident now in the Prelude -- This could be one of our earliest harvest season ever for summer red raspberries ! The new Prelude and Nova look excellent but some modest winter injury is evident on the two remaining rows of Canby.
April 12, 2008: The new Prelude planting is almost completely leafed out but other varieties continue to lag behind normal due to the cooler weather.
March 27, 2008: The Prelude and Anne varieties are starting to leaf out and break dormancy. Canes in both rows of Anne seem small and lack vigor -- they will probably need to be eliminated.
September 5, 2007: We have opened the Raspberry field for fall picking. The new Prelude and Nova rows look pretty good but are coming in slower than expected. The three rows of older Nova that were great picking in June 2007 and September 2006 are not looking as good -- berry size is very small.
August 4, 2007: The two new row of newly planted Prelude and three rows of Nova are starting to produce a fair number of blooms and buds. It looks as if we should have a modest "fall" crop of red raspberries from about late August to the end of September.
July 29, 2007: The primocane fruiting yellow raspberries are starting to ripen up -- unfortunately, the extremely hot weather will "cook" each berry before it is ever picked. I had hoped that pruning out the fruiting canes from last year would delay ripening but the "fall" fruiting Anne seemed determined to bloom at its normal time. There will probably not be much of a yellow raspberry crop in 2007!
July 27, 2007: Severe raspberry leaf spot on the Reveille & Anne forced an unusual fungicide application for these two varieties; this fungus is normally only a problem in the Canby.
June 23, 2007: Today was our last picking day of the early season.
June 16, 2007: With the continued hot temperatures we are seeing a delayed response to the Easter freeze in the Canby raspberries -- canes with green berries are wilting and drying up as the slightly injured canes can not transport enough water and nutrients to the fruit and leaves. This affects about half of our raspberry acreage and will definitely limit the supply late in the season. The Nova seem unaffected and the Reveille are only moderately impacted with smaller than normal berry size. We will probably need to continue "resting" the field at least one or two days between picking.
June 5, 2007: Customers are coming a little faster than the berries are ripening up so we have been forced these last few days to pick every other day. It is beginning to look as if the Camby was damaged by the freeze much worse than I thought -- the first two pickings on the Camby yielded very few ripe berries. Fortunately, the Reveille and Nova both continue to look good but we may be a little tighter supply-wise than I had expected. No mold problems have been evident these last few days and the higher temperatures forecast for the next few days should totally eliminate this concern.
May 31: 2007: Red raspberry picking began one day earlier than anticipated. The red raspberries are in much better shape from the rains than the strawberries are but because of the extremely wet and moderate temperature conditions over the last week, some mold spots are evident but not widespread as yet. Since we don't spray for mold on the red Raspberries, continued cool, wet conditions could create a serious problem in the future.
May 24, 2007: Red raspberry bloom has tapered off dramatically which means it will be a very compressed season --- lots of berries but ripening pretty much in the second and third week of June. I saw the first ripe red Raspberry today!
May 9, 2007: The Red Raspberries are now in peak bloom -- with the warm temperatures and light winds that bees prefer the raspberry patch now looks like a "bee hive". Things are looking better than expected and I think we should have enough raspberries to satisfy the normal demand.
May 1, 2007: The Red Raspberries are beginning to bloom -- right on the normal schedule. While the blooms appear undamaged by the Easter freeze, the major issue is still whether the sparse green foliage and canes can support a modest fruit load.
April 25, 2007: Some new shoot growth on freeze damaged canes looks encouraging -- we should have a modest crop of summer red raspberries assuming the canes are able to handle heat stress conditions later in the season. The golden yellow raspberry Anne has been mowed to the ground for fruiting in September.
April 10, 2007: Since the early Red Raspberries were not as far along as the strawberries, very few tender buds had formed. The critical issue for the 2007 crop is whether enough cane damage occurred to slow transport of moisture & nutrients to the fruiting canes under stress conditions like high temperatures. We probably will not have a good idea of the crop potential for 2007 until mid to late May.
The yellow raspberries (Anne) look especially hard hit since they are usually the first to break dormancy so we may elect to mow down all injured canes and shoot for a fall crop in August or September.
April 8, 2007: Four nights of freezing temperatures in the low 20's have caused significant damage to the tender emerging raspberry leaves and flower clusters.
March 27, 2007: Despite the relatively mild winter, it looks as if the Camby variety suffered some winter kill on the upper half of the canes once again.
March 22 & 23, 2007: 300 Nova and 600 Prelude new raspberry plants were planted as we gradually replace our winter injury plagued Camby with more dependable varieties.
March 19, 2007: All four raspberry varieties are starting to break dormancy.
July 1, 2006: This was our final picking day for 2006.
June 19, 2006: Camby picking is starting to trail off but Reveille, Anne, and Nova are just hitting their peak. Berry ripening and customer flow have been in pretty good balance for these last several days.
June 10, 2006: Raspberry picking is now at its peak but large crowds of Saturday customers forced to close earlier than our normal closing time of 12 noon.
June 5, 2006: Raspberry picking is still scattered but looks as if it should improve dramatically within the next few days. Customers are currently coming faster than the berries are ripening up and early close times appear likely for the next few days. Peak raspberry picking should still be the second and third week of June. Customers sampled a few golden raspberries today but there are not enough yet to bring home.
May 28, 2006: We allowed a few customers to pick scattered ripe raspberries in the earliest ripening Reveille and Nova. With the dry weather over the last two weeks we have had to irrigate our raspberries almost every day.
May 3, 2006: We are starting to see scattered bloom in the Camby, Nova, and Anne. Usually, Anne ripens about a week later than everything else but for 2006 it may come in with the "rest of the pack".
April 30, 2006: We are seeing scattered bloom in the Reveille which means that picking should start about the same time as last year
April 11, 2006: All varieties including Camby have broke dormancy and showing good leaf development. Some winter injury (similar to 2004) in Camby and Anne is now evident but the newer Nova and Reveille look excellent so we should still have a adequate supply of berries for 2006. Right now it looks as if the season should start about the normal time.
March 15, 2006: Both the Nova and Reveille Red raspberries are breaking dormancy -- much earlier than normal.
March 10, 2006: Our yellow raspberry, Anne, has started to break dormancy -- about a week earlier than last year.
August 14, 2005: Primocane growth on the Canby continues to look very poor on some rows but the six rows of new Reveille and Nova look excellent. While spider mite damage contributed, I suspect that some of the reasons Canby is looking so poor could be: 1) allowing too many canes (per foot) to fruit 2) not irrigating enough 3) fertilizing too late 4)a tired out "old" planting or most likely 5) poor control of leaf spot early in the season. Whatever the reason, it is obvious that our overall supply of red raspberries for 2006 will be less than 2005.
June 25, 2005: Today was our last picking date for 2005. I was a very concerned over the slow growth of primocanes for next year and terminated the season early to spray and fertilize. We had a reasonably good supply of berries still on the canes. Poor primocane growth. if not corrected, would lead to a poor crop for 2006.
June 21, 2005: We still have a good supply of red raspberries. Customer flow and berry supply continue to be well matched. The yellow raspberries are just starting to hit their peak. Canby size is smaller than the larger (and prettier) Nova but most customers still seem to prefer the taste of Canby over the more tart Nova.
June 10, 2005: Raspberry picking is in full swing now with kids picking them by the wagonload. We have seen some sunburn on the Reveille but overall quality looks excellent! The first few half pints of Anne yellow raspberries were picked today but picking in the yellow is still scattered.
June 1, 2005: Today was our first day of scattered picking for the Reveille but the berries are coming in real fast !!
May 11, 2005: We are starting to see scattered blooms in the Anne yellow raspberries -- a few days later than 2004. Canby, Nova, and Reveille are in full bloom --- the crop still looks excellent but will require irrigation each day because of the dry weather.
May 4, 2005: Despite the cooler weather the early raspberries continue to progress normally. Reveille is at about 10% bloom and there is scattered bloom in the Canby and Nova. We have had to run our overhead irrigation system two nights to protect the tender raspberry blossoms -- this is the first time in 14 years that we have had to do this on the early raspberries.
April 19, 2005: All three red raspberry varieties appear to at the same stage of growth now with the warmer weather we have had over the last few days. We should start seeing some blooms during the last few days of April.
April 12, 2005: We are starting to see blossom clusters now on Reveille and Camby. This is slightly ahead of last year.
April 5, 2005: Canby winter survival looks great -- we should have our best raspberry crop in several years!
March 30, 2005: Both the Nova and Canby are breaking dormancy now. Winter survival of the very tender Anne looks better than last year -- this may be a good indicator that our Canby also survived the winter in better shape than last year.
March 19, 2005: Both the Reveille and Anne raspberries have broken dormancy (this is normal for mid March). The Reveille seems to have survived the winter in good shape but it is a little too early to tell about the Anne which is usually much more tender.
June 25, 2004: Today was our last day for raspberry picking.
June 18, 2004: We still have a good supply of both red and yellow raspberries -- customers are starting to pick lots of the yellow because of their size and faster picking.
June 9, 2004: The early season red raspberries remain unaffected by the weather and are now at their peak -- we have an excellent supply available. Yellow raspberries are just starting to come in and should start to become available Thursday, June 10, right on schedule.
June 6, 2004: Most of the shorter canes that looked as if they had escaped winter injury and were loaded with berries are beginning to wilt. This could either be due to root rot caused by excessive rainfall or a delayed response to moderate winter injury that only manifested itself as the cane was stressed under a large fruit load. Either way, it will mean a much smaller crop and shorter season than I had expected.
June 4, 2004: Customers are coming just a little faster than the berries are ripening up and we are having to close before our normal closing time -- this is pretty common for early in the season.
May 28, 2004: We actually let a few pickers into the field these last two days to pick some of the early ripening Reveille and Nova but serious raspberry picking is still a few days off. The bushes look "loaded" with green berries.
May 11, 2004: The raspberry canes are loaded with blossoms and unripe berries. We should see some excellent raspberry picking that second week of June.
May 6, 2004: Nova and Reveille are now in full bloom and look loaded!. Canby is just starting to bloom. The golden Yellow raspberry Anne has just a few blooms but looks loaded as well. The shorter Canby canes that are usually the least productive seem to be doing exceptionally well this year -- it appears that only the thicker, taller canes were winter damaged significantly. Overall, we should have an excellent crop of Raspberries but customers may need to bend over a little more than usual for the shorter Canby canes.
April 17, 2004: Small buds are evident on some of the Canby, Nova, and Reveille Red Raspberries
April 11, 2004: Perhaps I was a little premature on my earlier statement on Canby winter injury; a closer look at several larger canes that were failing to leaf out showed that winter injury is very similar or possibly slightly worse than 2003. We should still have an adequate crop, however, since we were careful this year to leave lots of extra canes.
March 25, 2004: Some of the Canby Red Raspberry ( our main variety ) is starting to break dormancy -- there appears to be some winter injury but it appears not as bad as last year.
March 23, 2004: Both the Nova and Reveille Red raspberries are breaking dormancy -- slightly ahead of last year.
March 18, 2004: The Yellow Anne raspberries are starting to break dormancy and it looks as if they made it thru the winter in much better shape than last year. Canby, Nova, and Reveille are still dormant.
June 20, 2003: Red raspberries are still at their peak with good supplies available. Quality remains good. Yellow raspberry quality is improving with the drier weather and is starting to look good.
June 14, 2003: The Golden Yellow raspberry Anne, should be ready for picking on a first come first serve basis Monday morning June 16, 2003. Significant cane winter injury ( worse than Camby ) and loss of some berries to mold during these last few days will reduce the quantity of yellow raspberries available for June picking. We did not spray the yellow berries for mold so we are unfortunately counting on dry, hot weather to solve the mold problem. Continued cool, wet weather would pretty much eliminate and hopes of a significant June crop of yellow raspberries.
Our main Red raspberry variety, Camby continues to exhibit no significant mold problem and customers are finding excellent picking and high quality berries.
We should get a larger crop on Yellow raspberries in August based on the number of new shoots that are growing.
June 13, 2003: Raspberry picking is now running full tilt. Quality is excellent with no damage due to the rains over the last several days. Good picking should continue for another two weeks or so. We are starting to see our first ripe golden yellow raspberries -- click here for a picture of these HUGE raspberries.
June 6, 2003: We have permitted strawberry customers to pick some of the very earliest Reveille raspberry during this last week. We have only 150 feet of this variety so picking is on a first come first serve basis to the first few customers who come in. Our main variety, Camby should start to become available about June 10, a little later than normal because of the cooler weather.
May 30, 2003: I picked a half pint of Reveille raspberries today and was surprised by the excellent flavor and pretty appearance. Click here to see a picture of Reveille. This berry is definitely softer than Camby and probably will not keep a long time in the refrigerator.
May 25, 2003: Reveille berries are starting to show some redness so we are getting very close to picking.
May 14, 2003: The yellow raspberries that we pruned to harvest in June are just starting to bloom so they will be a little latter than our other varieties and unfortunately mature in the hotter part of June.
May 4, 2003: Camby is just starting to bloom -- this means that the peak of our early raspberry season will be in the June 11 to June 24 time frame.
April 29, 2003: We saw the first scattered blooms in the Reveille with both Nova and Camby almost ready to bloom.
April 16, 2003: The Reveille appear in tight bud and ready to bloom in a week or so -- this will be a very early Raspberry that should start in late May.
March 28, 2003: Some of the earliest raspberries like Reveille and Anne are starting to break dormancy and leaf out. The midseason variety, Camby, seems to have suffer some upper cane winter damage but appears in much better shape than last year. Our hardier newer varieties, Nova and Reveille show almost no winter damage at all.
Click here to see a pictures of customers picking berries ( and having fun ) on June 9, 2001. this is a good picture of what the cold snaps in late winter do to the upper raspberry canes of Camby red raspberries.