Towards September

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of August! Late summer is definitely upon us, bedtimes starting to creep back towards the earlier side as the sun slowly sets sooner in the night. The planting for the year almost completely done, with just the last big cleaning up in the beds and weeding to be our main September field jobs before our attention shifts primarily to harvesting and planning and home and farm projects that don’t see much of the light of day during the thick of the summer season. As the kids and I drove home through the Gorge yesterday, returning from a weekend expedition, perhaps the last trip of the summer, I couldn’t believe that the treescape had already become tinted with the bright yellow of changing seasons. From a food perspective, September will be the most filled with summer produce, now that everything is on:
eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, green beans. It is all here, minus the corn from us, but plentiful elsewhere! So pull out your favorite summer recipes and enjoy. So many of these vegetables are great grilled, so take advantage of what lingers of summertime for vegetable kabobs or grilled vegetable panini. Although the routines begin to change in September when school starts, the fields are at there ripest now, bursting with summer goodness. As fast as the season has gone, we will try to savor every bit of it while it lasts!

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