Abundant August

Oh August... you are so intense! Just like last year ... you are a month packed full of change, surges of activity, excess and heat! Oh, the heat, the growth spurts in the garden, the abundance of giant harvests of wild berries, multiple preserving projects and the energy of the long days filled with sun and work! Harvest is just beginning with many things that had a slow start now bursting forward. The first tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, green beans, sunflowers and all sorts of herbs like basil, sage, oatstraw, various mints, bergamot, borage and calendula are coming into the kitchen to either be eaten, dehydrated, made into pesto or pickled. And berries! So many berries. I've been exploring a