Quote – Travel – Week #18

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

ibn battuta

Written for Marsha’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge #18: Travel

Strawberry Pickin’

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.

Organic strawberry plants full of ripe berries at Frog Song Organic Farm in Hawthorne, Florida.

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.

Coolness Factor

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.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

helen keller

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!

12 jars of Strawberry Freezer Jam sitting up before going into the freezer.  Made with the strawberries we picked.
Strawberry Freezer Jam

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Comments

26 responses to “Quote – Travel – Week #18”

  1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    How nice is that! Love strawberries!

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      It was awesome…other than the heat exhaustion. We are going back next week to pick another flat. I need to do another 12 jars of freezer jam to give away. My middle daughter would love to have some for her birthday in June. 🙂

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        That sounds amazing!

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  2. Wandering Dawgs Avatar

    Fresh strawberries – YUM! What a fun day! So sorry you had problems with the heat. It’s hard work picking that many berries!

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      There is nothing better than fresh picked anything, but especially strawberries. It didn’t seem like that hard of work, but my temperature gage is all out of whack! 🙂

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  3. Jim Borden Avatar

    that’s a lot of jam, and while I would never do it, I like the quirky idea of the hula hoop!

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      It really isn’t a lot of jam. It will last Frank and me a year. We are going back next week to pick another flat. I need to set up 12 more jars to give away. I will be taking my hula hoop this time. 🙂

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        how nice to have all your jam needs for the year! and have fun with the hula hoop!

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      2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Yeah, well the hula hoop will have to wait. Went to the orthopaedic yesterday. I have to get my knees to stop wanting to pointing in the wrong direction. She told me I need to lay off things that irritate them. Dang! 🙂

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      3. Jim Borden Avatar

        oh well! hopefully you will be back at it before you know it. By the way, there was a front page story about hula hoops in the Wall Street Journal this week…

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      4. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        That is awesome! See…I’m trending and didn’t even know it. LOL! I’m waiting on the VA to contact me about knee braces. The doc thinks they will help correct my Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome. I hope so! I’m gaining a bit in the midsection and I don’t like it. 🙂

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      5. Jim Borden Avatar

        you were ahead of the curve! good luck with the VA…

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      6. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        LOL! Thanks I need all the luck I can get with the VA. They are getting better! 🙂

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      7. Jim Borden Avatar

        glad to hear they are getting better…

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      8. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        Always a good thing! 🙂

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  4. bushboy Avatar

    I’ll pop over for my strawberry jam and a bit of a hula hoop Lisa 🙂 🙂

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Sounds good! You may get put to work picking strawberries. We are going back next week. 🙂

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      1. bushboy Avatar

        That sounds like fun. Look after yourself 🙂 🙂

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      2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

        🙂 I’ll be okay. Recognizing the symptoms is 1/2 the battle. It isn’t supposed to be as hot next week. It was hot today and I’m glad we didn’t go.

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  5. Elaine - I used to be indecisive Avatar

    Those strawberries are mouth-watering. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Yes they were and tasty too! We are going back next week to pick more. 🙂

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    2. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      So good! We have enjoyed them so much, we are going back next week to pick more. 🙂

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  6. Cee Neuner Avatar

    What great photos you have. I like your first photo a lot. The fun ones though are your mask on and mask off 😀 😀

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    1. Lisa Coleman Avatar

      Thanks! Like…wax on wax off. LOL! 🙂

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  7. ponzoblogs Avatar

    Really relateble I just started my own travel blog and then covid hit and I could not travel anymore from my country. No travel planning for me at all 😦

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