Happy Berrythday, America, and Au Revoir, Les Strawbs.

FOR PAGANS AND ASTRONOMERS, summer begins on the solstice. For us fruit farmers, it starts on the Fourth of July.

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That’s when the strawberries pull up stakes and head for the ferry, trumpeting the end of spring’s labor and the dawn of lazier days.

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Sweet cherries always give the strawberries a lift down to the boatdocks. They bid “fair winds and following seas” to dear old friends.

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When the Pepper Fitzgerald shoves off, you hear an exuberant rendition of “Anchors Aweigh.” There are no dry eyes on land or sea.

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The green peppers were never known for their boatbuilding; this vessel sits a little low in the water. But the Pepper Fitz is stalwart and seaworthy.

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No one knows where the strawberries go. Some folks have guessed the verdant highlands of Strawbistan; others surmise snowy Strawbania.

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We are sad to see them leave—but the raspberries aren’t. Before the Pepper is out of earshot, they blast “Raspberry Beret” and launch their own party barge.

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It is their time to shine after a long spring of hearing, “When are the strawberries ready?” “The strawberries are so good, Mommy!” And a lot more besides.

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Independence Day means freedom from the incidental tyranny of the “in” crowd. Once Dad hooks his first trophy bass, everyone can giggle at ease.

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The youngsters know not to swim past the buoy, but the chance to steal a first kiss draws these two teens into risky business.

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It is worth knowing that raspberries are marvelous swimmers. We try to make each Crop Alert educational, and there’s your fact of the week.

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They can freedive for 22 minutes at a time. The Sunny Goldens, in particular, have an otherwordly quality, an aquatic insouciance as they gambol undersea.

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You can see their evolutionary cousins, the Jamfish and Jellyfish, in their luminous, effortless pulsations.

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Meanwhile the blueberries sit on the shore. They are a more serious lot. Too much revelry undermines their equipoise. A quiet dip at dusk will do.


AND NOW FOR THE ACTUAL CROP ALERT.


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If you’ve read this far, you deserve a Crop Alert in plain English. Strawberries—done. Raspberries—picking. Cherries and blueberries—at the stand.

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Aside from raspberries, the picking scene will be quiet for a few weeks. These sweet cherries are prepicked and prepacked for you at the farmstand.

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Same deal with the yellow sweet cherries. Juicy little sunbursts.

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Blueberries are prepicked and prepacked for you, too. They are full of anti-oxidants. No, not anti-occidents! They do not oppose the West.


HAPPY BERRYTHDAY, AMERICA.


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Finally, let’s take a look at how people around here celebrated America’s 236th. Our neighbors picked a last haul of strawberries and got chopping.

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What could be more American than a melting pot? A kettle of strawberries just bubbling away.

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More American than that, of course, is the sugar! But we’re not supersizing, just a dollop to help the jelly gel.

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“Put up or shut up,” as Grandma always said. So we’re putting up jars and jars of strawberry jam!

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Most American of all, perhaps, is that one person stirs the jam while the other orders pizza for dinner!

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These fit lads, Robert and Peter, got the customer-of-the-week award. They biked miles from Cornell to pick strawberries—and then biked back.

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And our summer interns celebrated like most Americans: With their heads under the hood of a hotrod in the yard.

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What could be more American than roadtripping from Tennessee to California in a baby blue vintage Benz, with a stop at Uncle’s farm to earn gas money for the next leg on the open road?

Holiday greetings to you all from The ‘Creek.

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2 Responses to Happy Berrythday, America, and Au Revoir, Les Strawbs.

  1. the best one yet!! a sad goodbye to strawberries but such a look forward to more deliciousness! the alerts are amazing – such a laugh and smile they bring to many. keep ’em comin’.

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