I love our summer garden. It sustains us in many ways. The tomatoes, basil, squash, and padron peppers turn into delicious pesto, salads, tapas, soups and more. But it’s not just the eating that’s rewarding; the whole process is satisfying. I like the ritual of touring the garden with my DH every evening. We grab our basket and head outside as the day is cooling. It’s an opportunity to reconnect and unwind after a stressful day at the office (his stressful day, not mine). It’s an excuse to skip the grocery store in favor of creating a meal from really local produce, and it’s a chance to breath and savor the moment (part of the mindfulness practice I’m trying to incorporate into my life. See this blog I like, http://zenhabits.net/more/).
So far this summer we’ve had sweet sun gold, early girl and better boy tomatoes, three kinds of basil, papaya pear and flying saucer squash, colorful green and purple beans, potatoes, padrons, zucchini, cucumbers, red peppers, and we still have an abundance of kale! We’ve made tomato mozzarella salads, green bean almond salads, kale salads, panzanella, and tons of pesto.