We plan for working around the weather every day, and party days are no different! This past Sunday we hosted our annual Strawberry Day event and it was a hot one! We had planned for about 200 people, but the forecast for a hot day with the possibility of thunderstorms must’ve deterred our visitors. We did have about 100 people in attendance with just two brave families camping. Were we disappointed? No! We enjoyed the smaller numbers which allowed us to have more personal contact with those in attendance. We had a great crowd of interested members and some of them brought extended family and friends as well. We had a great day! Thankfully the weather cooperated. Hot? Yes, but we had a nice breeze, traveled on covered wagons, parked in the shade and drank lots of ice water. Our campers enjoyed their night in the valley. Did the choir of frogs keep them awake? No, they had the best night’s sleep they’d had in weeks!
|Headed through the fields on the wagon tour!|
|Richard explaining what we look for in ripe garlic.|
On our way to the strawberry field we made a brief stop in the zucchini and cucumber field. We are just starting to pick these crops, but we had to stop and see how many full-sized fruit we could find. The cucumbers are a solid mass of beautiful vines. I asked for only a few volunteers to help me and Vicente find some cucumbers and zucchini to cut. Our helpers did a good job, but couldn’t resist harvesting a few themselves! Their squeals of excitement when finding the hidden jewels was a joy to hear. As we pulled away from the field, most of the people on my wagon were eating a juicy, cooling cucumber. That’s one way to beat the heat!
|Stawberry fields filled with guests!|
We were all happy to enjoy a bowl of cold strawberry ice cream when we returned to the packing shed. While the day was hot, we were grateful that the thunderstorms held off until later in the evening after everyone was well on their way home. We had a great day and personally, I really appreciated the opportunity to connect with this group of cool CSA members and families of all ages. Hearing people say “Thanks, we had a great time!” as they left was music to my ears. A visit to the farm can be a very special thing. If you weren’t able to join us for Strawberry Day, we hope you’ll consider coming to our Harvest Party in the fall. In the meantime, enjoy the strawberries in your CSA boxes!