I’ve been working from home for 20+ years and can often sneak in early lunchtime rides nearby – like the Lumpy Deer route I’ve posted here. Yesterday, as if by magic, a big field of sunflowers appeared twisting their faces to the sun’s radiation.
I don’t know if Lisbon, Portugal is known for sunflowers but Fulton, MD never was. In the US, Kansas is known as “The Sunflower State” but I think South Dakota actually produces the most sunflowers. I’m sure anyone regularly cycling out there isn’t impressed, but in exurban Maryland, cycling by a few acres of sunflowers is a rare joy.
This field used to be a hay field for a small cattle dairy operation that was part of a free-range turkey raising operation that has been there for decades. That overall operation was sold, the new owners appear to be getting in agri-tainment – the new “Sunflowers of Lisbon” sign came up and there were hay rides and sunflower picking for children going on.
They still had a sign “Come back in November for our famous turkeys.” Soon I will be cycling by hundreds of white fluff balls on the turkey side of the operation that will get bigger each time I pass and then by Thanksgiving Thursday in November all magically disappear…