Each year about this time, I find great pleasure in going to a small farm just outside of the town of Arendtsville to pick my own strawberries. Now before you jump to any conclusions and think that I am some kind of a gardener or farmer, let me tell you that digging in the dirt, planting flowers and pulling weeds is not my bag. But harvesting? That is what I really like. I am all over the picking, gleaning and gathering food from a field, orchard or patch. Growing up in Adams County, I made my first spending dollars picking fruit for the local farmers. I had a good time doing some hard work and I am not sure if that is where my love for picking came from or not, but I do love digging potatoes, picking cherries, and, I’ve been known to climb right up into the apple or pear trees in our back yard to go after the enticing fruit. I am a fair weather picker, however, so I waited for the rain and the heat to pass before I ventured out to the patch this year.
My favorite strawberry patch belongs to the Swartz family. It is well maintained and it is so good to see the family work together during this busy season. I have been getting my picking fix here for years.
It was nice to see a good friend on mine as I entered the field. We had not seen each other for a while so after assuming the berry picking bend position for a time, we took a few moments to stand and catch up on the news.
This look of delight shows on my face every time I come across one of these big lovelies. Very soon the boxes begin to fill and you’ve got the makings for some winter time taste of summer. It took me just over a half an hour to pick five boxes and I went back two mornings later to pick five more. It takes a little more time to wash and pluck the stem from the top and plop them into a freezer bag to use in a variety of ways during the year.
A beautiful sight to behold, satisfaction galore and strawberry short-cake for supper. That’s what I’m talking about.