by Embrace Country Life on 06/27/14
Summer is finally here! I thought it would never come! We had a very cold winter in the Southern Tier. I never knew what a "Polar Vortex" was until this winter. If you ask most people about the winter of 2014, they would tell you it was the worst one in years! Ask Cliff and he will tell you it was the best winter in years! There was a lot of snow for sledding, skiing, and snowmobiling. Every night the girls would go sledding or snowmobiling after barn chores. They had a ball.
I am one of the many who are glad the 80 degree temperatures have finally arrived. Today, the girls and I and many of our friends visited Apple Hills in Binghamton to celebrate our first official day of summer vacation. We have been strawberry picking our first day of vacation for many years. The strawberries were especially delicious today...maybe it was because the winter was so harsh!
We spent a couple of hours in the strawberry patch with many friends and colleagues coming and going while we picked. The field was so plentiful you could stand in one spot and fill a bucket! We left with 20 pounds of strawberries, full bellies, and another great memory for the first day of summer.
Apple Hills is just one of the many U-Pick farms in the Southern Tier. Check out the U-Pick section of our website to find a farm near you. If you would like to see more of our trip to Apple Hills, check out our video under the video tab of the website. Also, please leave us a comment an let us know if you have a tradition you would like to share for celebrating the first day of summer!