The beauty of summer in the Central Valley is the abundant harvest—if you plant it and give it a little water, it’ll probably grow here. Come August, we’re up to our ears in corn (yeah, I went there), tomatoes, peppers, herbs, stone fruit, strawberries (they’re still around!)…the full list of what’s in season is overwhelming.
A couple weekends back, friend and super-foodie Tracy—who sometimes blogs—hosted a “harvest exchange” to celebrate all that’s growing and being cooked this time of year. She says her co-host Eloise read about the concept in a magazine:
Eloise thought it was a perfect fit for the Valley, as almost everyone has access to too much zucchini and there is a growing number of folks who are canning and preserving at home. We also thought it would be fun to bring together her friends, (boomers) with mine (gen y) for some cross-generational tips and inspiration.
Here’s Tracy, with husband Nyeland:
We gathered on a Saturday morning (to beat the heat), and started with introductions,
And then we ate:
We polished plums:
And then we shopped:
For fresh fruit and veggies:
For dried herbs:
For pickles and jams:
And for other goods (kumquat vodka, anyone?).
It was incredible. And I’m still nibbling on what I took home. The event was a reminder that good food—really good food—should be shared with others!
Addendum for the parents: