On Wednesday, March 31st, Frank and I celebrated our anniversary by traveling an hour and a half to an organic farm to a U Pick for organic strawberries. This was our first time to visit the Frog Song Organic Farm in Hawthorn, Florida. They did not disappoint! We picked a little over a flat of strawberries. The plants were very healthy and full of ripe berries. If you notice in the photos, there are onions planted in the strawberry fields. While picking berries, the onion smell permeates your senses. I actually like the smell. I know…I’m a weirdo! Anyway, they plant the onions to help keep pests away as a natural pesticide. The type of onions used is usually a big sweet onion like Vidalia.
I was on the verge of heat exhaustion. I had drank plenty of water throughout the day, but it was 87 degrees F and the sun was beating down. This menopausal chick can’t deal with it anymore. I became nauseated several times and had to sit down and take a break. At least I had the good sense to recognize the symptoms and was able to slow down, finish the pickin’ and get back to the car without passing out. I had hydrated before I went out into the field, but I think I drank a quart of water after returning.
Once I cooled down, I was fine after about 30 minutes and was able to go back under the pole barn and look at the other fresh veggies they had for sale. It was like nothing had ever happened. My face was no longer red as the berries and my temperature had gotten back to normal. We purchased some lettuce and sweet potatoes in addition to the strawberries.
We had a nice chat with Victor and Natalie while they weighed our berries. They were courteous and wore their masks until I asked them to pose for a photo. They gave me permission to use this photo in the blog. I noticed these hula hoops hanging on the pole barn. I was wondering if they had a purpose out in the fields for some odd reason. I asked and they have them there for the customers to hula hoop. They had music playing and sometimes they like to party with them. They offered for me to get one down and go for it, but I respectfully declined after my hot spell. I told them about my hula hoops and they told me to bring them the next time I come down and we could hula hoop together.
U Pick is open on Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-5pm through April 28, 2021.
We will be going back before the season ends. I made 12 jars of Strawberry Freezer Jam and we are almost out of berries again. These were the tastiest organic berries I have ever eaten. The day after they were picked, they turned a dark red, just like you want them to be. There were a few people out there picking and we wore our mask when they were near. Otherwise, we took our mask off and had a grand time!
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