The 2014 season is about to start
We have been busy this year pruning the vines, cutting the grass, pulling weeds, spreading fertilizer and just generally getting ready for y’all to come visit us. The vineyard is looking good and there seems to be a good crop this year. The grapes will still be $1 per pound again this year, our effort to help folks through the bad economy. We will have to raise prices eventually (we have kept the same price since we opened back in 2007) but it won’t be until at least next year. If you have any questions just e-mail us through the “Contact Us” button on the far right of the web page.
Status of the Vineyard
I tried this last year and it seems to help. I have posted a video on how the vineyard looks as of July 15th and will add other updated during the season so you can keep an eye on the grapes. Here is the link to the video: Status of the Vineyard 7/15/14 Use your “Back” button to return to this page.
Loftus Family Farm
352-214-1028 (Don’s Cell)
352-214-0974 (Ermy’s Cell)
We are in the News (use your “back” button to return to this page)
Loftus Family Farm was featured in the Alachua County Today Newspaper on September 3, 2012 and they did a really nice article. Here is the link: Newspaper article about Loftus Family Farm
Wendy Wilber, Alachua County Agriculture Extension Agent, came out to the vineyard last year for a video segment she was going to do for WCJB Channel 20 TV. It is still on their web site and here is a link to that video: Video about Muscadine grapes
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’m also adding a new variety of dark Muscadine called “Delicious” and was developed by the University of Florida. I just planted them this year, so we will have to wait several more years before they produce any grapes. I have an article about them 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.