Well into the growing season, our community supported agriculture program and our garden have been providing all of the vegetables our families needs, with some left over for preserving, for a few weeks now. I hadn’t realized it until I ran into the grocery store the other day for some red wine vinegar, but it’s been weeks since I made a real grocery trip.
I was almost stunned when I crossed the produce section to remember just how much of everything – and I mean everything – that’s available. The beautiful, expansive displays of every imaginable kind of tomato and the boxes of boxes of fruits that aren’t quite in season yet – raspberries watermelons, cantaloup – were almost overwhelming.
I realized suddenly how much I’ve enjoyed waiting each week for vegetables and fruits to take their place on our table in their own good time, showing up in our CSA box or on the farmers’ markets table only after the weather and the soil have willed them to ripen and local farmers have brought them in from the fields. Vegetables: first the chard, kale, spinach and asparagus, then the sweet English peas and the baby zucchini, and then, finally last week, the first tomatoes. Fruit: first strawberries and rhubarb, then blueberries, and now cherries. Waiting has meant really savoring each ingredient.