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Pick Strawberries Day

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pick Strawberries Day

When: Always on May 20th

Pick Strawberries Day is a sweet, tasty way to enjoy a late spring day. If your mom or dad ever took you picking fresh strawberries, you have a wonderful childhood memory. That memory is what will draw you to enjoy today with your own kids or grandkids! If you've never picked fresh strawberries, you've missed out on the fun. Many of those tasty berries never make it out of the field...... they go straight to your mouth.

For those who have picked strawberries before, get out today and pick some. For those who have never picked them in the field, start a new tradition today! What are you waiting for?..... go now!

Origin of Pick Strawberries Day:
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Growing Strawberries

Strawberries are the first fruit of spring. Everyone looks forward to growing and eating sweet and delicious berries and the wide variety of uses. If you have kids, get them to help with the planting and weeding. They will definitely take part in the picking and eating. If you are not watchful, they just might pick and eat the entire crop, right there in your garden! Oh, watch out for those big "kids" too, because everybody loves fresh strawberries.

Strawberry plants are an easy to grow perennial. They are one of the most common fruits in the home garden for both their ease of growth and popularity at the table...if they get that far. There are recipes and uses galore from fruits to jams and jellies, drinks, baking recipes and more. Not only do they taste good, they are good for you, packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. In addition, they have had medicinal uses over the years.

Did you Know? Michael Kent produced and displayed the first cultivated strawberry in 1806. Prior to that, strawberries were grown and picked in the wild.

Enjoy National Strawberry Sundae Day on July 7th.

There are two major varieties of Strawberries. The first and most popular is June Bearing. It gets it's name as these big and luscious fruit are harvested in June in most areas. They are the largest variety and to many, the sweetest. Producing a big and bountiful harvest, they are popular with people who want to make jams, jellies and for freezing. Strawberry festivals are centered around the harvest of the June bearing crop.

Everbearing Strawberries are the second major variety. These usually smaller berries will produce all season long. The harvest is usually smaller. If you want to have them all season long, fresh from the garden, grow a small row of this variety.

A third, and far less common variety is day neutral.

Did you Know? Strawberries are the only fruit that has seeds grow on the outside.

This Day in History May 20

The First Council of Nicea – the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held. (325)

John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date). (1497)

Shakespeare's sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe. (1609)

Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signed in Charlotte, North Carolina (1775)

By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution (1802)

Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a French victory. (1813)

American Civil War: The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until September 3 when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, the State of North Carolina secedes from the Union. (1861)

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law. (1862)

American Civil War: Battle of Ware Bottom Church – in the Virginia Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 10,000 troops fight in this Confederate victory. (1864)

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivet (1873)

Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people. (1883)

History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope. (1891)

The first traffic ticket in the US: New York City taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding while driving 12 miles per hour on Lexington Street. (1899)

The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (Boy with Baby Carriage). (1916)

Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America. (1920)

At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day. (1927)

Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day. (1932)

Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. (1940)

In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, is established. (1949)

In Operation Redwing (shot Cherokee), the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. (1956)

The Battle of Hamburger Hill in Vietnam ends. (1969)

First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier. (1983)

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