Our trip to the east coast is over. We are back in California. The air is warmer and drier. The water colder, but just as wet. And instead of other’s gardens and farms, we get to enjoy our own. It was a great trip, but we are glad to be home.
The garden is about where we expected, but the progress always amazes. So much change in just a few weeks. The tomatoes, beans, peppers, cucumbers and eggplant are in full swing. The melons are on the cusp, and we are very excited that we have enough to experiment. The strawberries are in their prime and will produce for a few more months.
In the orchard, a few peaches are still out there and we will harvest them in a few days. The Comice pears and figs are coming along. And the Gravenstein and Macintosh apples are ripening. Summer is here, but we do feel fall around the corner.
We do see some signs of our absence. Some fruit went unharvested, greens bolted, and some zucchini went a bit crazy. Some of the green beans are so big we are almost afraid to eat them.
But for now, summer and smiles reign in the garden and kitchen. And, first and foremost, that means tomatoes. Caprese salads and bruschetta (recipes soon) will rule the kitchen. Eggplant and peppers won’t be far behind. The oven doesn’t see a lot of action this time of year, but we might light up the grill from time-to-time. And we will have friends over and share the bounty of the garden while summer lasts. It is good to be home.