U-Pick Muscadines is now OPEN!
We are now open and ready to pick. Our first weekend went very well and it was good to see so many folks from previous years. Thank you for your support. The grapes continue to ripen and during the following weeks the vineyard will get better and the grapes will get sweeter. As ou can see from the video below, there are ripe grapes but most are not ready yet. The season will last until about the end of September and peak season is right around Labor Day. We will be open on that day just like it was a Saturday, 9am – 6pm.
There is another video (from earlier in the year) to how the vineyard looked at different stages as they come out of winter dormancy and progress toward harvest time. Click on the lower right hand corner of the video to see it full screen and to change the viewing resolution to 720p HD by clicking on the little gear shape at the lower right hand corner. The video will look better at the higher resolution. The photo below that shows how the sky really looked during that flight. I had to land shortly after this was taken because it started to rain.
I will be updating this page as the season progresses, so check back every once in a while. If you would like to be put on our e-mail list, use the “Contact Us” link toward the top right of the web page and I will send you e-mails as the season approaches and any important info during the season.
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 grapes we grow are the Ison ( a self pollinating variety that produces a very sweet, slightly smaller berry that ripens early in the season) and Delicious (developed by UF to be a very sweet, smoother tasting grape). These last two varieties pollinate the Supreme vines which are female plants. I have an article about the Delicious variety 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.
Loftus Family Farm
352-214-1028 (Don’s Cell)
352-214-0974 (Ermy’s Cell)