Friday, April 19, 2013Author: Pat Guffey
(Last modified: 2013-04-19 16:32:49)
Source: The Herald-News
As spring arrives and brings warmer weather, we are reminded of a tradition which was practiced by our grandparents and great-grandparents: that of spring cleaning. In times past, weather stayed colder longer, and houses were closed all winter, with only fireplace or stove heat. By the time spring would come, the housewife would be anxious to open doors and windows to obtain fresh air. Also, everything would need to be dusted, swept, and cleaned in order to seem fresh until the winter would present itself again. This was also an exciting time, as gardens were made, and the early plants became ripe for picking. Today, we do not do as much spring cleaning as our ancestors did because of our weather and the type of heat we have; also, our houses are much different. However, there is one thing that we in Rhea County still have in common with our past relatives, and that is the strawberry!
As we look forward to eating fresh strawberries and the upcoming Strawberry Festival, we are reminded that the fruit has a short life and is only available as a Rhea County product from the end of April until the first of June. Because rain and cooler temperatures have an adverse affect on the berries, it is hoped that the spring growing season will be close to perfect!
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