Light Strawberry Picking Begins; Mornings Are Your Best Shot.

“The sun will come out tomorrow,” sang the apple-cheeked orphan diva.  Great old song.  But Ithacans have about as much faith in that promise as they do in Reaganomics.  Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow… it’ll be gray.

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It has been a soggy week on the farm — not much sun to bring out the strawberries.  But there ARE berries.  A few anyway.

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We’re trying to decide what message to post on the sign.  There ARE berries, but the crop is light.  Bitter winter packed a wallop.

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What does that mean for you?  Well, a diligent young lady came out Wednesday morning and picked 3 boxes like this.

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It is simply not like last year, when so many of you were finding your thrill on strawberry hill.  This year, it’s hit and miss.

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Mornings are your best shot.  Pick before everyone else!  Best of all is after a sunny day.  See Facebook for daily status.

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Get boxes and brochures at the stand, then wander up to the berry patch with modest expectations.

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At the very least you’ll get a sweeping vista of the squishy countryside.  See the farm before it’s all spruced for summer.

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Meanwhile, we’re setting up shop and posting signs… and cheering USA in the World Cup!  (Impossible odds.)

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Clearly this sign is not ready yet.  That is NOT the road to the tomatoes.  Do not believe everything you read.

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But this IS a real peach!  Although the strawberry crop is small, raspberries, peaches, and apples look pretty good.

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We’re pruning the peach rows, finishing vegetables, and fixing stuff.

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We have 3 baseball hats on this project.  Guaranteed fix.

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Finally, in dog news, Balto is almost rested from a busy winter.  He was quite the publicity hound – featured on the official Twitter page of Purina

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That’s it for this week.  Come hunt for berries.  You might find a few.  Or just hike around to start off the year.  Hope to see you at The ‘Creek.

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