Summertime, and the (local) livin’s easy
Summer suits us well is so many ways. My family loves nearly every single thing that the hot and sunny months have to offer. My very favorite thing about this season is the local living – farm fresh produce, outdoor markets, festivals in the park, berries for jam, backyard gardens… bring it on!
We spend most of our Saturdays at the farmer’s market and each of our mornings in our own garden, watering, pulling weeds and inspecting each plant for mature vegetables. Just recently we started visiting a cute little produce stand right up the road from our home to supplement what our garden is providing. This produce stand is extra special because it is located at the site of a large, organic garden that is planted and cared for by kids attending a summer program called Boise Urban Garden School or BUGS. Every Wednesday they open the BUGS produce stand, selling the vegetables from that week’s harvest. They also offer beautiful wildflower bouquets, herbs, and hand painted bird feeders. They are learning about where their food comes from, sustainability, nutrition, and ecology. And, they are witnessing first hand the amazing results of all their hard work.
The first time we visited we spent a good half hour looking at each and every flower, vegetable and painted gourd. Then my six year old insisted that we tour their garden, which we did. It is huge, and beautiful. Though it is located on a fairly busy road the vines covering the fence in front hide it from passers by giving it a secret garden vibe. She was ready to stay and work, right there on the spot. But after looking at the brochure conveniently located at the front of the produce stand we learned that she has to wait until she is 11 years old before she can enroll in the program. So she waits, but until then we will continue to visit them each week, pulling our red wagon, filling our cotton drawstring bags with whatever freshly picked item tempts us, until the vegetables are gone and the plants wither and turn brown.Ah yes, summer suits us well indeed.
Thank you, Erika. I know what you mean about summer and the relaxed pace it offers. Though I do love the produce and the fun activities available...I have to say that I could live without the heat of July and August and the fighting that seems to plague the littles if I don't keep our days sufficiently busy and structured. Truth is I won't be too sad when September rolls around!
SO! What do you think about all this summer time food? Are you getting your fare share yet? Or still waiting for the blossoms to turn to fruit? Do tell. And if you don't have a blog post to link to...tell us in the comments!!
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