IMG_6810_ed_lJune begins my summer harvesting season, with berries and stone fruit in abundance. This was my harvest one day about a week ago–mostly blackberries, some raspberries and a few apriums. The blackberries and raspberries are slowing down now, but the apriums and apricots are in full harvest. I started harvesting my blueberries about a week ago and they are just starting to produce in quantity. In about a week my plums will be coming in. My figs, grapes and apples are other perennials well on their way, too.

My annual crops are already starting to come in. I picked a cucumber a few days ago, and I’ve got two kinds of summer squash that I’ll start to pick in a few days. This is the best part of the year, with all these fresh fruits and vegetables to eat, preserve and share. Life is good as an urban farmer.

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It seems like only a month ago I was grousing because I was between my winter and spring crops and didn’t have a lot to harvest. Time flies and I’m now probably at my peak harvest for my summer crops. They will continue to produce for the next several months, but I doubt I’ll beat last night’s harvest. I spent about an hour picking cape gooseberries, tomatoes (four varieties), apples, squash (three varieties), cucumber, string beans and eggplant. Frankly, I’m amazed at all of this, picked in one evening. I’ll certainly have plenty of fresh food to eat for the next few days, plus plenty to share with friends. I’ll be going to a house concert Sunday to hear Ed Miller sing and John Taylor fiddle Scottish folk music. It will be great to take a salad made from my homegrown goodies for the potluck.