Strawberry Picking Virgin
My wife is from Manila: Her first time on a farm picking anything.
HGTV has a show called, "Property Virgin", about first time (virgin) home buyers. So, for someone who has never picked strawberries before, they would be a "Strawberry Pickin' Virgin".
My pretty Philippine wife grew up in Manila - not a good place to have a garden or visit a farm. She told me her house had a yard - but when I visited the first time, the yard was all concrete - nothing was growing there!
Since being in the USA, she saw fruit trees in people's yards on TV, and thought that was a great thing. She was excited to see that my mom and step-dad had an Apple Tree in their yard on our first visit to their house - but the apples weren't ripe yet. So for 2 years now, I often get reminded that she wants to go to an Apple Orchard. She also heard of 'Pick Your Own' strawberry farms. So I 'hear' about that too. Apparently going to the Supermarket, or Whole Foods Market, or a big farmer's market didn't satisfy her 'wants'.
Strawberry Field - Click photo to see full-size image
The Vollmer Farm in Bunn, NC (close to Raleigh, NC)
We heard about this Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm which grows their strawberries organically. Their website states, "...strawberries are one of the "dirty dozen" fruits and vegetables? Environmental Working lists strawberries as a produce it considers important to buy organic because their conventionally grown counterparts tend to be laden with pesticides." So we went Organic.
If she picks a lot, it'll be "Strawberry Leftovers Forever"
Bucket of Organic Strawberries
It didn't take long, but she picked her first bucket of organic strawberries.
If she picks another bucket, then we will have plenty for strawberry leftovers,..
A fellow strawberry picker offered to take our photo together. As often happens, sometimes people's heads or feet are 'cut out' of the photo.
Photo 1: She clicked the first photo as I was directing her to shoot vertical. I only lost 1 foot in this horizonat photo, but my wife's eyes were closed too. Composition is important - no unnecessary cutting off of people's heads or feet.
Photo 2: OK, we have all feet, both heads, 2 smiles, and all eyes are open - but suddenly the earth slanted to the right. Hmmm, maybe Obama's multi-trillion dollar mountain of debt - in $100 bills - was stacked on the right side of the field?
Photo 3: It helps to have Paint Shop Pro 8. I was able to 'level the field' by putting Obama's Ego on the left side of the field. ;-)
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