Status of the Vineyard
We will open this year on Saturday, August 15th.
I have been getting calls from people asking about when the grapes will be ready, so I thought now was a good time to update the web page. The grapes are doing well so far this year since we have had good grape weather . Here is a video to show you how the grapes look as of July 22nd. As you can see most of the grapes are still very green, but some have started to turn red and some are even getting very dark. I sampled a few and they are still not sweet, but are getting close. It is amazing how just a few more weeks will make such a big difference in the vineyard. If you have any questions, just use the “Contact Us” page and send an e-mail. Hope to see you at the vineyard soon.
Loftus Family Farm
352-214-1028 (Don’s Cell)
352-214-0974 (Ermy’s Cell)
Greetings from Don and Ermida Loftus. We are a small vineyard north of Gainesville, FL specializing in dark Muscadine grapes and dedicated to U-Pick. Our main fresh fruit grape is the Supreme, a very large, thin skinned, very sweet grape. The other grape we grow, the Ison, is a self pollinating variety that produces a very sweet, slightly smaller berry that ripens early in the season. This grape also pollinates the Supreme vines which are female plants. I add a new variety of dark Muscadine called “Delicious” that was developed by the University of Florida. I have an article about them on the “Links” page.
It turns out that Muscadine grapes have many health benefits and they taste good too. I have listed some of the articles on the Links page. Take a look and you just might want to eat a few more grapes.