It’s been a while, and wanted to write a quick post about what we’ve been up to! After an unforgettable trip through Maine, Canada, and Vermont, Jake and I have been hitting our summer non-stop! Beyond heading back to work and school, we’ve been keeping very busy with cookouts, a wedding, the garden, and keeping up with our CSA!
Despite the various stretches of heat and rain, the garden is continuing to soldier on. It’s been a tough year on plants in the area, dealing with so many weather extremes, and unfortunately my tomatoes and most of my chilis didn’t survive. But, my cucumbers, long beans, arugula, kale, beets, herbs, and flowers have flourished, so we’ve enjoyed a delicious summer all the same!
I’ve also been lucky to visit a few local farms in the swing of summer, including the University of Maryland Wye Research Center’s hops trials, Chesapeake Hop Exchange, Old Westminster Winery, and Hillen Homestead, a flower farm in Baltimore City (Hillen farmer Maya Kosok lets me harvest and volunteer, a privilege for which I am eternally grateful!). Sweat, sunburn, and bugbites notwithstanding, it’s pretty amazing to see local farmers growing food, hops, wine grapes, and flowers. At the end of the day, I’m pretty lucky to have a front row seat to so many producers bringing tasty and beautiful things into the world!
I’ve also had a few small wineberry and blackberry harvests in Baltimore County and a few Baltimore city parks. While delicious, after all the effort for a small reward, I can certainly appreciate all the work that goes into berry picking. I’m looking forward to some (easier?) fall fruit harvests of apples, plums, and pears. Afterall, it’s been mighty hot this summer, but I think a bountiful September is ahead!