Heyer Capital, LLC

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Getting closer to your food

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After a few days of thinking about it, we hopped in the car and raced to the “pick your own” strawberry farm. We’d been there several times before on the kid’s field trips during pumpkin season, but not for strawberries.

We got there about 6:00pm after the kids had been outside all afternoon in the pool, chasing the neighbors, or sunning in the deck chairs. So let’s just say that a half hour of working in the fields left the kids pink and tired. And with strawberry juice dribbling down their face. As an honest man, I did offer the guy at the scale the chance to weigh the kids before and after the picking. He grinned and said it was part of the experience.

So each kid held their own little quart basket. Parents got the flat tray like the old tool trays with a handle across the top. One of my favorite sayings is that each mouth to feed comes with two hands to help. Those little hands are much closer to the ground than ours. I think Hannah and Becky netted about 2:1 what Amy and I could pick. Jeff? Oh, well. Let’s just say we put four strawberries in his quart basket and told him to see if he could stay in our assigned row. He didn’t get all the way to other side of the field, though I’ll admit I was the one that was supposed to watch him.

We kept a good rhythm – no Becky, they have to be red all the way around, not just on top. Jeff, no that’s not a snake; that’s an irrigation pipe. Pretty soon our flats were filled. Good thing they were just a dollar per pound. I think this abundance might cure us of the ability for a quart of strawberries to disappear in a day at our house. By the time we work through 15 lbs of strawberries the novelty will have worn off. – “Strawberries and ice cream again. Awwww, Dad. Do we have to?”

Someone commented, “I didn’t know they grew like this. I thought they were bushes.” We do need to get closer to our food and know who grows it. I guess just getting the kids to see that food comes from the ground – the honest-to-God bounty of the earth and sweat of our brow – and not the shelf is a little victory in itself.

Godspeed,

Brian

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Written by heyercapital

June 14, 2007 at 10:09 am

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  1. good blog!

    dennis

    June 19, 2007 at 8:38 am


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