Calverton News: Here come the strawberries

Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)
Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

And so it begins — summer! I know, not quite yet, but still it’s the unofficial beginning and may it go slowly. The strawberries are arriving at a slower pace this year because of the cold temperatures but hopefully they, along with the asparagus, will last a bit longer this season.

Now is a good time to plant whatever you’d like.

However, someone mentioned to me that the Farmer’s Almanac said there would be a frost June 2. I sure hope not!

R031209_Pelis_R.jpgRiley Avenue Elementary School is busy with Field Days and other end-of-school-year stuff. I’m sure everyone is getting rather impatient for the school year to end. Hang in there!

Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton is hosting a “Precious, Not Parents” event. Did you know that kittens can get pregnant at only 4 months young and puppies at 5 months, and only two months later have their fi rst litter? That said, for the month of June Kent will spay/neuter puppies and kittens under 6 months old for just $20 thanks to funding from PetSmart Charities. All Long Island residents are eligible. For appointments, call 727-5731 and mention the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign to receive the low rate. Thanks, Kent, for caring so much!

Belated happy birthday to Ray Cardinal Jr., who celebrated his 44th on May 14. We all hope you had a great birthday! Belated wishes also go out to Margaret Pickersgill, who celebrated May 17. Everyone at Robert James Salon, especially Lily the doggy, hopes your day was amazing.

Happy birthday to my buddy and Great River Road resident Gene Sendlewski Saturday, May 31, from all of us at the farm and all your family and friends. May your day be the best!

Jamie and I had an adventure this week. I’ll tell you all about it in my next column.

Take care, be safe and I shall talk to you next time. Bye.


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