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Dying for Sun and Strawberries

Oregon, at least the Portland metro area of it, is getting tons of rainfall this June.  In the first several days of the month we got the average rainfall for the entire month of June.  Usually this time of year there is glorious sun, punctuated by the occasional rainy day.  I love Portland, and I don’t really want to move some where else.  I even like the rain a fair bit.  But this year I catch myself wondering if I should consider living somewhere with more sun.

There are four of us in my circle of female friend who have birthdays within a week of one another.  The last four or so years my friends and I have had strawberry fest as part of the birthday celebrations.  We get a bunch of people together and head out to a U Pick farm and get ridiculous amounts of berries.  One year we picked 60 or 70 pounds.  That was too much.  But 30 or 40, that we can manage just fine.  =)

The idea is that you pick tons of berries in the morning and spend the rest of the day making things with them (while of course indulging in eating a large, large number of ones while in the field, while in the car, while cooking…..) culminating in a meal where most parts involve strawberries in some fashion.  Last year I also successfully froze a bunch and they have lasted most of the year.

The last two years the strawberry harvest has been creeping out later and later.  This year, we have had so much rain that I fear they may be largely rotting in the fields, rather than ripening.  If we are lucky, there has been so little sun that they have not gotten ripe enough to truly rot and the next batch of sunny days we get will bring them around.

The forecast just switched itself around and is now saying we will get ten days of sun.  I would love it to be right, but at this point I will be thrilled if we even get a couple.

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June 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment