Thursday, June 22, 2006

Summer

Summer is here and to celebrate, I've poured myself a vodka tonic. Nothing like an icy cocktail to soothe your soul after a day at the office. Along with a good v&t, here are some more summery things to celebrate:

Strawberries: You Carolinians were delighting in delicious berries two months ago, but here, its a berry rebirth. Farm stands and pick up trucks advertise their bounty with painted strawberry signs. The taste of fresh local strawberries is divine and just doesn't compare to the plastic boxed fruits from the supermarket. The flavor is bright, alive, juicy, tart, sweet.

Farmers markets: The local farmers market just opened, and we have lettuces, greens, snap peas, eggs, and berries. Not quite the cornucopia offered at the Carrboro farmers market this time of year, nor the number of vendors. There are only 2 growers at the market, but at least there is an alternative to the trucked in mass-produced shrink-wrapped veggies at the super, with more bounty to come.

Lupine:
This lovely wildflower grows in clusters of foot-long purple, pink and white spikes, perking up roadsides and ditches. As the lupine peaks, its time about to pass, more wildflowers are emerging. On Sunday i spied my first black-eyed Susan of the summer. Yarrow, too!

Blessings all, gifts of summer sunshine and longer days. Though we've been under some serious cloud cover for weeks on end, I'm hopeful that we'll have plenty of sun to keep the gardens growing all summer long.

2 Comments:

Blogger Chrissa said...

Black-eyed Susans are pure summer to me - hot July days, going swimming, fireflies and playing kick-the-can after dark.

10:35 AM  
Blogger starfish said...

fireflies! I love to watch them float from the ground, and evaporate into the night.

11:54 AM  

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