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Berry time!

It’s strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) season! And even though Juana is feeling a bit under the weather, nothing stops her from going out to the two strawberry patches daily to pick the ripest of fruits before anyone (or thing) touches them.

We pull back the protective netting to spot many perfectly shaped and colored berries. Because of the awkward position of our beds, contortion and double jointedness is called for to reach certain elusive fruits without stepping on ripening youngsters. But these difficulties are worth it as Juana stacks berry upon berry into her 20-year-old plus wooden baskets.

We savor a few berries before replacing the netting and bringing our haul back inside for a future snack, dessert or breakfast accompaniment.

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