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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Strawberry Fields Forever!

Every year I look forward to strawberry season, so "Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields. Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about. Strawberry Fields forever." (Remember?) I don't think I ever fully appreciated the songs of the Beatles until I got older because it wasn't till then when I started to pay attention to the lyrics. "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. It's getting hard to be someone, but it all works out. It doesn't matter much to me. Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields. Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about. Strawberry Fields forever." Southern Grace Farms operates this strawberry field every year from the beginning of April till the end of May. People can come and pick their own berries or purchase them ready picked by the gallon or flat. As soon as you drive up, you can smell the strawberries. What a lovely scent! Here's Gizzy peeking out of the passenger window where the car is parked at the entrance. You can see rows upon rows of strawberry plants and in the very back are some people picking strawberries. (It helps to double click on the photo to enlarge it.) I don't know why I felt compelled to look down to take a picture of this lonely little strawberry that fell to the ground - never to be eaten (poor little berry!) I asked the young lady to take a picture of me for my blog after I purchased the strawberries. Simple things in life make me very happy! Here I'm beaming some more in the sunshine. I decided to purchase two one-gallon containers full; one for me and one to give away to a friend. Here are my sweet, red jewels in the back seat of my car, awaiting their final destination...Yummmmmmm, I can't wait! Hope you'll be eating fresh strawberries very soon too (if you're not doing so already) and, thank you little honey bee, you did a fantastic job! The strawberries are delicious! ...and may you be around for another 30 million years so that we might enjoy "Strawberry Fields forever!"

4 comments:

Candice said...

Found out about you on Twitter. Love that pic of that big red strawberry! I can hardly wait to go to the farmer's market at Tower Grove Park (Saint Louis) next Saturday and get some hand-grown juicy fresh strawberries! Love the reminiscence of the song too.

Doris Sturm said...

Thanks you, Candice, for leaving me a comment. I always enjoy what people have to say about my post.

I will have to go down to the Srawberry Field one more time because they'll be closing for the season soon and I like to freeze some for later.

The next berries that will be ripe is the blueberry and I really love those too...so look for another blog (he, he, he)

Candice said...

Hi again, Doris! I got inspired to volunteer at some community gardens this summer after perusing your strawberry fields post. I did find one that works on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings (I need a shovel!) but I want to work some more during the day so I am still looking for other gardens. There are a lot of community gardens in Saint Louis! I couldn't believe it, the young woman from the Cherokee Street gardens called me back in like an hour, so I'm lined up for one! Candice

Doris Sturm said...

That's wonderful. I don't think we have anything like that here because it's already out in the country with farms and such where people can go and pick their own, like strawberries, blueberries (they're next in June) and the peach orchards, of course, and I can't wait for the tomatoes to be ready (I love tomatoes) and you can go and pick and pick and only pay like $5 for a 5-gal bucket, so that's were I'll be.
There's this field with nothing but cabbage heads where you go and cut off as many as you want and then put a buck into the mailbox for each head of cabbage you take...isn't that something? Well, I do live out here in the country, so things are more casual!