It’s Harvest Time

Ah, late summer / early autumn in Michigan – when those roadside farm stands pop up.

I can’t resist. There’s something about a fresh-grown tomato or ear of corn I find irresistible. And with my commute through rural Michigan, I have lots of options.

Such good deals! I picked up a quart of cherry tomatoes for $1, perfect for snacking at work. And we eat a lot of corn on the cob during the summer and fall.

I usually tend my own garden, but this year it’s been tough going. So it’s nice to have a farm stand backup.

8/12/13 – Sweet Corn

8/12/13 - Sweet Corn

This time of year is both happy and sad. Happy because, hey, it’s still technically summer.

But it’s sad because it’s the Sunday of summer – the last little bit before fall starts creeping in. Nothing says this more than harvest time, especially this cool summer in Michigan that feels like half-fall anyway.

Fall is a lot of people’s favorite season, but not mine. The crops, though. Man, I’ll take those all autumn long.

Michigan is known mainly for its cherries, apples, and blueberries, but we’re lucky in that a lot of crops grow well here. Peaches, melons, corn.

“You can tell it’s a Michigan [insert crop here],” my family used to say. “They don’t grow these like they do in Michigan.”

I’m not positive that’s true. But I do know that everything tastes pretty darned good this time of year.