July heat brings the easy living and the abundant foods of summer. If you have been putting off taking a break because your work schedule doesn’t take a vacation just because the calendar says it is summer – take yourself browsing at a street fair or a farmer’s market.
Check the local listings and make a date with yourself for this weekend or block out a day to take a long lunch to explore the bounty. Bring home something seasonal for dinner, or a trinket from a street fair stall.
My step-father tells tales of going out to the rhubarb patch with a bowl of sugar to “chow down” on green and red veined stalks. I have fond memories of climbing up into the branches of the apple tree outside our house and gorging myself on the sweet little green apples (they were the size of apricots and tasted like pears). My aunt enjoys this time of year because she absolutely loves tomatoes. She relishes eating them just the way an apple enthusiast looks forward to biting into a tart, juicy Granny Smith. No cutting it up into slices, wedges or bite-size pieces – she just brings it to her mouth and bites down letting the juices and seeds fall where they may.
Congratulations if you have been nurturing a garden and now are able to enjoy the fruits of your labor by simply stepping outside to your backyard. Savor the warmth from the sun, the sweetness from the earth and the satisfaction of your home grown repast. You have a hobby that is is a feast for the eyes as well as your stomach!
photo credit: MEKnippel