One of the really exciting things about having a vegetable garden is that sense of change and renewal you get as one plant runs its seasonal course, only to give way to something new. Although it is hot as the face of the sun here in South Louisiana right now, the backyard box suggests we are merely on the cusp of summer. Creole tomatoes hang from the vines, plump, but not quite ripe for the picking. Early green beans hang like little needles. Serrano chiles? Oh how I wish they’d hurry up and grow so I can make fresh salsa. And, as pictured above, cucumbers are starting to emerge from cascades of yellow blooms. Within a week, I may have more of them than I can rightly handle, but it’s a good problem to have. Cukes are such a refreshing summer staple, and can be used in anything from salads to cold soups like this one from epicurious.com.
What are your favorite signs of summer and why?