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Late Summer Pleasures

I know many of you are fall and winter fans. But I’m all in for summer. The light, the weather (ok, the triple digits weren’t fun), and the produce. Right now, I’m savoring tomatoes every day for as long as they’re ripe. What are your late summer treats?

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10 comments for “Late Summer Pleasures”

  1. claire says:

    I’m a summer person too, Wendy. Unfortunately I didn’t take full advantage this summer. But I bought a hammock last weekend and we usually have a mild fall. Need some books – no electronics in the hammock.

  2. Petra says:

    Definitely summer tomatoes. The peaches have been done for over 3 weeks (thank you, hail damage!). My cherry tomatoes are done and what’s left of my cayennes are ripening so slowly that I will probably have to harvest some of them while still partly green. Cucumbers coming to an end at the farmers market, but the bell peppers are getting red (cool summer–they are a little late).

    However, the interesting varieties of apples are starting to appear. Unfortunately, Italian plums are scarce this year, owing to a very strange spring–quite warm April followed by a cold May with a late frost. The local apples fared a little better.

    I am an autumn person, but I do love the tomatoes and the local peaches (I won’t even buy those in a grocery store–if the peaches fail, I just do without that year).

    • wendy says:

      Yesterday, I was at the Farmer’s Market, and it’s so abundant right now. But the end is near for stone fruit. I heard a vendor say it’s the last of the white peaches. I bought some gorgeous tomatoes and the seller told me they’d still be around for another month.

  3. Gigi says:

    Eating dinner on the deck and sleeping with my windows open, and taking outdoor showers.
    It’s my favorite season so it’s always sad when the sun starts to fade away.

    • wendy says:

      Do you have an outdoor shower?

      • Gigi says:

        Wendy, my outdoor shower is less than lovely lets be generous and and call it Shabby Chic. I made it myself and it’s not an enclosed shower its just in the corner of my deck in the sunshine. My cousin says it reminds him of the beach with its little shells on deck railing. It even has wind chimes on top! As a footnote I live in the country so no neighbors to see me.

  4. Kathy says:

    I love fresh local fruits and vegetables. With a shorter growing season in the Midwest, I have to savor each time I go to the farmer’s market.

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