Strawberries Are a Bargain At Any Price!


| 7/20/2011 10:37:36 AM


Tags: the cost of food, gardening, Cam Mather,
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 Guest Post by Michelle Mather 

This year, for the first time in the 13 years we've been living here, we actually had a crop of strawberries from our own garden! We've been trying to grow strawberries for years. We would buy a bunch of plants, prepare the soil, plant them and dream about the delicious strawberries that we would be enjoying in a year or two.

Inevitably though we would get busy with other things and the strawberry patch would be neglected. The weeds would take over and we would forget to water and our strawberry plants would wither away before ever producing any fruit. It was frustrating and no matter how often we planted new plants and committed to look after them, time after time we ended up with dead strawberry plants.

In the last couple of years Cam replanted our berry patch and enlisted my help to keep an eye on them. We both dutifully weeded and watered as necessary and Cam put down a thick layer of straw to help keep the weeds down. This year we enjoyed quart after quart of delicious strawberries and we have a renewed sense of commitment to continue to nurture our strawberry patch.

Near the end of the strawberry season, when our patch was no longer producing, I happened to be in our local grocery store and noticed that they were selling local strawberries. They were also selling strawberries from somewhere in the U.S. for less than half the price of the local ones! Needless to say the local ones looked and smelled so much better that I gladly paid $4.50/quart and bought two quarts.

A woman standing next to me was also looking at the strawberries. She said "Isn't it horrible what they are selling these local berries for? It's robbery!"




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