Historically, my family and I are photographically challenged. My dad was always really excited about getting the latest and greatest state-of-the-art camera right when it came out with the hopes of taking perfect pictures, only to find out that he left the lense cap on during my college graduation or forgot to put film in it during a family trip to Costa Rica. I am really no different. I am just not able to produce any really great photos like the ones you see in National Geographic or Orion magazines. I recently took some advice from a photographer friend who told me to just take LOTS of pictures. The more you take, the more likely you are to get ONE good one. Clearly, I did not take very many pictures of the strawberry patch I put in last week and the result is a very blase picture of the strawberry patch.
The strawberry is one of those foods that when eaten stimulates all of the senses and can invoke images of summer, sunshine and so on. But a really good strawberry eaten right off the plant can transcend you back to a place in your childhood where all of the cares in the world seem to just disappear while the sugars from this magic food produce a euphoric bliss that starts in your mouth and travels all the way down to the tips of your toenails. I did not grow up on a farm and so for me, this place I go to is the video arcade where I’m dumping a box of cherry-flavored Nerds into my mouth. Not quite the same, but probably the closest thing to a fresh picked strawberry a kid growing up in suburbia is going to experience. With that said, my goal for our son Everett, who will be eating his first strawberry…EVER this summer, is to start him off on the right track – with the perfect vivid strawberry memory to look back on. I want him to experience one of those strawberry orgasms….where he stumbles upon a strawberry so perfectly ripe he won’t be able to help but close his eyes as the fruit hits his tongue, and so sweet his teeth will hurt from the first bite or two. So to achieve this goal, I’ve adopted my friend’s picture taking advice and planted 1,000 strawberry plants. I’ll be picking on them twice a week during the summer, and Everett will be right by my side working quality control with the hope that he gets to experience one good strawberry this season.
So, this week we also got our walk-in cooler box set up with help from our friend, neighbor and CSA member Denis Clancy, and our friend, mentor, fellow farmer, neighbor and personal psychologist Chris Jagger who you’ll most likely be hearing more about as the season progresses. The box is ugly at this point but I have a plan for it in the next few weeks to come…stay tuned.
The green house is also full and looks really pretty right now…which in my mind is an indicator that there is way too much in there that needs to get in the ground. The ground is still a little too wet right now, but I’m hoping tomorrow is going to be a good day to plant. Since this picture was taken yesterday, I’ve actually had to set up tables in the aisles to house another forty-nine trays of salad mix goodies….we need a larger propagation house!
And last but not least the chickens are on the verge of kicking in. At nineteen weeks old, they are just beginning to lay eggs…but only about a dozen a day. We’re counting on them to ramp up to about seven dozen a day by the second week in April. YOU GO GIRLS! -Josh