Saturday, September 20, 2014
Last Weekend of Summer and Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
We haven't always been midwesterners. As newlyweds, we made our first home in La Jolla, CA.
La Jolla has, what many would say, the perfect climate. Just north of San Diego, it is cooled by Pacific breezes. Winter isn't much different. The only time we turned the furnace on was the mid-October day we brought our newborn son home. We turned it off after a few hours and never turned it on again in the four years we lived there. I could stand on the upstairs balcony and see snow on the distant mountains in winter. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we closed the blinds, lit a fire in the fireplace and pretended there was snow. I, who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, missed the changing seasons--a lot!
This summer has reminded me of those La Jolla days. Only a few days registered a 90 degree temperature. We've enjoyed having windows open instead of turning on the air conditioning. The rains have been enough to keep the grass green. Only pots of plants have needed watering. Vegetable farmers have had a rough go because the weather has not been conducive to growing many things. My favorite farmer has been able to keep us supplied with enough tomatoes to make me happy. This is the last weekend of summer. The next farmers' market will be in early June. No more of these jeweled heirloom cherry tomatoes until then.
Wishing you all a great end-of-summer weekend. May your football team win unless they are playing my team. May you have the last of summer's bountiful fruits and vegetables on your table!!