We are “Official Closed”
All good things come to an end and as of this past Sunday, September 20th, the Loftus Family Farm is officially closed.
We have had problems the past few weeks with too much rain and not enough sunshine. That has made the grapes not taste as good or as sweet. Also, we have had a lot of people come out this season so the amount of ripe grapes is getting low. There are still grapes to be picked, BUT they will be harder to find and it will take longer to fill a bucket, you will be “grape hunting” more than grape picking. The vines are going dormant for the coming winter and at some point all the grapes will fall off the vines.
The vineyard is now officially closed but, for those who would like to try one more time, I will open Saturday, September 26th from 9 am to 6pm and on Sunday from 1 to 5pm, to let people give it “one more try” (weather permitting). After that, the vineyard will be totally shut down, no more picking.
I want to thank everyone who came out to our farm this season. We appreciate your business and hope that you had a good time and enjoyed the grapes. We hope to see you again next year.
Remember, we don’t have bathrooms , so plan accordingly. Also, this weekend they are forecasting a chance of rain. If there is thunder or lighting, I won’t allow anyone in the vineyard for safety’s sake. If you have any questions, just use the “Contact Us” page and send an e-mail. Hope to see you at the vineyard soon.
The photo below was taken on September 1st and shows some of the Supreme grapes. You can see how some are black and ready to pick and some are still reddish and need more time. If we don’t get picked out, the Supreme grapes will last until the end of September. The other images below are videos on the status of the vineyard since we opened.
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.