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Old 07-16-11, 05:52 PM   #1
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The Sweet Warm Breath of the Strawberry Fields

Another great reason to get out on the bike. Passed the strawberry fields on my regular ride and the delicious aroma of the ripe fruit is heavenly. Did 31 miles today as also yesterday. Decided to increase my regular ride by at least 5 miles. And another great day here in Maine. Let's hope next weekend (our 50th Wedding Anniversary) is like this. People coming from all over as far away as California.
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Another great reason to get out on the bike. Passed the strawberry fields on my regular ride and the delicious aroma of the ripe fruit is heavenly.
That's one of the great features of bicycling--it brings one right up close to the environment. This past spring, I was doing a lot of cycling on a local trail, and there is a section which has fairly steep embankments on either side. At the time, there were a lot of wildflowers in bloom on both sides, and the aroma was great! It really made cycling there a treat.
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Old 07-16-11, 08:33 PM   #3
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Sounds wonderful. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's ride as yet another chance to enjoy the wonders of Georgia's annual humidity season.
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Congratulations on the 50th!! We will be there in a couple of years (2014). I love strawberries, anad envy you the smell. Can you bottle some and send it to me?
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Sounds wonderful. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's ride as yet another chance to enjoy the wonders of Georgia's annual humidity season.
I'll trade you your heat plus humidity for our current week of rain. I'm getting tired of cleaning my drive train. I'm happy to have rain in the winter, it sure beats snow and ice, but this year's rainy season didn't end until mid-June and here it is coming back for dessert.

I guess I should feel guilty for complaining about the weather in a place with a near-perfect climate for year-round cycling. I guess I'm just in a whiny mood.
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B. Carfree.......................................think real long and hard about your proposed trade.

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Another great reason to get out on the bike. Passed the strawberry fields on my regular ride and the delicious aroma of the ripe fruit is heavenly. Did 31 miles today as also yesterday. Decided to increase my regular ride by at least 5 miles. And another great day here in Maine. Let's hope next weekend (our 50th Wedding Anniversary) is like this. People coming from all over as far away as California.
Isn't strawberry season almost over about now? (P.S. I love your title.)
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Isn't strawberry season almost over about now? (P.S. I love your title.)
They were still picking yesterday and I think I saw another field waiting to be picked.
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Congratulations on the 50th!! We will be there in a couple of years (2014). I love strawberries, anad envy you the smell. Can you bottle some and send it to me?
Surprised someone here has not already thought of that. Maybe I will suggest it to LL Bean.
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They were still picking yesterday and I think I saw another field waiting to be picked.
In our area the season has been over for almost a month. However, the freezer is stocked with 12 quarts of the ripe red fruit. The smell of a strawberry field is much better than just the strawberries themselves. You get that sweet mixed with the earthy and it creates something wonderful, IMHO.
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In our area the season has been over for almost a month. However, the freezer is stocked with 12 quarts of the ripe red fruit. The smell of a strawberry field is much better than just the strawberries themselves. You get that sweet mixed with the earthy and it creates something wonderful, IMHO.
Yup. As a child I was a professional strawberry picker...5 cents a quart. Shortly after strawberries went out, tomato season started. I got 10 cents a peck for tomatoes...if memory serves. Tomatoes ran right into school starting in early September. Some summer vacation, more like a bummer vacation.
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Strawberry season generally wraps up around here at or about July 4th weekend.

My bride grew up on a 150 acre farm. The three main cash crops were Strawberries, Apples, and Grapes. Her childhood memories are often of picking berries, snipping grape vines, sorting apples, and working either their booth at the Farmer's Market or their roadside stand/ pick-your-own enterprise.

I think she looks back on her childhood memories fondly though.
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Paid boysenberry and raspberry picker at an early age. I wonder how many child labor laws were violated
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That smells more wonderful than the chicken houses I ride by when it's 95 degrees out.
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Yikes, it looks like Texas is morphing into Hades!
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