This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I recently paid a visit to the farm of Ezra Stokes, at Berlin, N. J., where this variety has been planted in alternate rows with Wilson's Albany, Charles Downing, Capt. Jack, Monarch of the West, Great American, etc, etc, all receiving the same treatment for the purpose of affording the public a chance to test the comparative merits of this variety. As this was intended for a practical test of value for general cultivation, no extra manuring was given, the land being prepared just about as it would require to bring a fair crop of corn. The plants were set in single rows, and allowed to run into beds three to four feet wide, and the Crescent showed its first advantage in filling the beds twice or three times as full as any other variety. In vigor and health of foliage it also showed a marked superiority; while in quantity of fruit, it was so far ahead of all the others "That he who runs could read." I should estimate it at not less than double any other, not excepting that standard of productiveness, Wilson's Albany, and in comparison with this latter variety, the berries were lighter in color, better in quality and averaged larger in size.
One important point I observed was the very small number of flowers which failed to produce good sized and perfect fruit, no other variety coming any where near up to it in this respect. A few plants were kept in hills to try that method, and on one of these plants a friend counted thirty stalks full of fruit. I have also been informed by Mr. S. (who by the way, is a thoroughly reliable man), that since my visit, after a delay of three days rainy weather in picking, scarcely any soft berries could be found.