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Berry Report and Crop Calendar: “At least you are not a strawberry…”

LOYAL FARMKETEERS:  This year we look to the children for signs and omens.  Will we have a crop?  Will life be buttercups or bitter cups?  In the guileless, apple-cheeked faces of our young, much is foretold. Of all the oracles, … Continue reading

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Raspberries In, Strawberries Out, and the Secret of the Crop Alerts.

DEAR FARM FAITHFUL, it is time to let you in on a secret.  As you know, we send out these weekly Crop Alerts to give you first crack at the best stuff.  And if you have been reading since the … Continue reading

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Strawberries, Raspberries, and 100 Crops That Taste Like Rocks.

KIND OF SOGGY in farm town this week.  Strawberries get squooshed if you pick them in the rain, but you’ll do okay if you pick them after a few hours of sun.  The “get muddy” experience is free at Indian … Continue reading

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Our Inspiring Underdog of a Strawberry Patch Has Outlasted the Spanish World Cup Team.

DEAR FARM FANS, these strawberry fields are not forever.  They get picked clean before noon each day.  Indeed the crop is thin, but it has lasted deeper into June than the reigning soccer champs, and lucky pickers have been surprised … Continue reading

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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. It has … Continue reading

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Are the Strawberries Chirping Yet? When Can You Pick Them?

HELLO, FARM FANS.  Happy June.  Been busy this spring.  Planted more vegetables than ever.  You can pat us on the back.  Thanks, that felt good.  But we know you really want a report on the strawberries. Picking is slated to … Continue reading

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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. That’s when the strawberries pull up stakes and head for the ferry, trumpeting the end of spring’s labor and the … Continue reading

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Strawberries, Raspberries, and How the Horn of Plenty Works.

A FARM IS A STUDY in timing. Sometimes we have nothing but dirt—messy dirt, dusty dirt, and dirty old dirt. A bumper crop of dirt. Nobody ever asks, How much for a pint of dirt? Do you have good dirt … Continue reading

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9 Rows of Strawberries, 28 Spinning Toasters, and 1 Italian Wedding.

YOU BERRY MONSTERS are a wonderful site each morning, vacuuming up the ripest specimens, vanishing by the sleepy afternoon, and reappearing for a final sunset sweep.  Bravo and thank you, friends. Strawberry season continues this week.  Successive waves of berries … Continue reading

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Find Your Thrill on Strawberry Hill, and on Face-bock-bock.

TO A STRAWBERRY, you are Godzilla.  You stomp and chomp with great smashing and gnashing.  But the berries like it.  They love it.  They live for it. They celebrate strawberry season as the time to embrace the ultimate fate of … Continue reading

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