For me, there is no greater time of the year in Minnesota than this fleeting height of summer. When the days start early and the sun shines long. The sun is our heartbeat, keeping us strong and well. Warm on our shoulders, twinkling in our hair, growing kid freckles and garden fruits. OH the garden fruits!
This time of year is made all the more rich because we eat from the garden.
There aren’t words for the contentment that sinks deep into my veins when we enter our veggie plot and fill our baskets with a beautiful harvest. We thank the earth, we thank God, we thank our pollinating friends (and our chicken pooping friends), we thank each other.
With a little slice, season, mix and cook, we have a meal. A meal! Right from our backyard. From those tiny seeds we put in the dirt, we have a meal. So fresh, so nourishing.
Gardening from year to year is never the same. Some prized crop will disappoint, and others will abundantly produce. I was going to say that gardening keeps our culinary creativity alive, but I realized instead, gardening forces us to have culinary creativity! Whether it be scouring your beds for a substitute in that recipe, or coming up with a new way to serve the 20th eggplant of the month.
What are you eating from your garden?