For the last decade, each February I have purchased a share in a CSA(Community Supported Agriculture). My share is an investment in a farm for the season ahead. My share buys the seed, and from June to October, my family reaps the benefits: a weekly delivery of fresh herbs, leafy greens, legumes, melons, squash, potatoes...even free-range eggs, honey, maple syrup...We share the bounty of the harvest until the weather turns cold.
It is a wonderful way to enjoy farm fresh foods while living in a big city, and to connect with the farmers who grow that food. I know intimately what the impact of a dry year is, or of a cool wet summer like we have had this year. The gorgeous, colorful tomatoes pictured above are the late yield after a cold summer and hot September: more sizes and varieties and quantity than we have ever had before! They are so sweet, even the green ones, that I have been eating them all week as snacks from the fruit bowl.
I will miss these bright bursts of flavor, as I will miss my weekly dose of fresh, fragrant herbs (I put them in everything!). And I know that the earth must rest, the farmer must rest, and that spring, and summer, and autumn, will come again.