Below is a picture of Ira Cline, this is his last season to greet his strawberry customers, some are his friends that come to pick his strawberries year after year.
Another sad story, when I heard that Ira Cline Farm is closing his strawberry farm, this only stresses the fact that this area is getting hit hard, plus the crop is getting taxing as well. Ira Cline is a fifth generation farmer, he was born on the Cline farm, and has been growing berries for the past 31 years. He also has blueberry, which I’ve never gone picking, it’s later in the summer, and this part of the farm will remain.
I think Americans mentality have changed, this was supposed to be a ‘you pick’ operation, but as people have more money, they don’t want to go out there to pick it themselves anymore. Ira Cline thought that people are getting lazy, I just think that it’s very inconvenient for some to go out there, and money can buy a lot of conveniences.
The crop this year doesn’t look as good as last year, many overripe strawberries on the vine and it’s because it has been raining on and off, this prevent people from going out there. The strawberries are best picked the day that they ripen, and eat or preserve them as soon as possible, overripe fruit spoils quickly on or off the vine.
This is my dad’s first year of picking, also his last at Ira Cline Farm.
This is also the first year of picking for Little Miss Sunshine.
This one looks like Strawberry shortcake.
It was a beautiful day yesterday, nice and sunny, and I told my second sister that I just love this weather, she looked at me and said, “Are you kidding me, look at me, I’m melting here!” It’s true, she was literally covered in sweat.