Season Lag

Well, I hate to break it to you…Labor Day’s in just one week. I think this time of year gives us all mixed feelings. We hate to let go of summer, yet are thankful for the slowdown that fall brings. Maybe we have that dreadful feeling we had as kids because going back to school was so painful. All I know is that as I sit here, I’m having mixed feelings about the transition+ from summer to fall.

20190723_185735I’m elated that the tomato season has just started in earnest, yet frustrated that melons are only now getting ripe. I’m looking forward to fall crops, but way too pressed with summer harvest to even deal with planting these crops. I think about getting some of these plantings in only at the end of the day when everything seems so unbelievably daunting. Every day counts this time of year as the days get shorter, so either I get those fall greens planted or forget about it.

However, if I set the worry aside, I’m simply grateful to let the season unfold however it will. Every season has its pace and my role is to surf along. We all want to feel like we’re masters of our destiny, molding the present and charting our future like some resolute ship captain. In reality, the forces of nature are so much greater than ourselves. I’ve learned that I can toil for hours, yet, if the season is against me, the efforts matters little. What to do? Plant nothing and lazily watch weeds grow? No. I can only give my best effort and then simply trust in the season:

I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.” Deuteronomy 11:14-15

In the box:

  • Yellow ‘Sunshine’ Watermelon
  • Slicing Tomatoes
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Leeks 
  • Yellow ‘Satina’ Potatoes
  • Eggplant: Appetizer idea in video below – basil and eggplant are a nice pairing.
  • Flat-leaf Italian Parsley
  • A few ears of Corn: The corn patch is coming to an end, but I think this is week 5 of sweet corn and  a person can only eat so much. Maybe adapt this chowder recipe: as a change up to corn on the cob.
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Basil

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