I know I've said it before, but what is with the rain this year?! I can't help but think of the nursery rhyme I grew up singing. Rain rain go away, come again another day? Maybe not. Rain rain go to Spain, never show your face again? That's more like it!
I spent a good part of the summer looking for the silver lining to all the rain. All I came up with was that it must have made home gardeners quite happy. I can't be sure, though, because I have a green black thumb. It's all I can do to keep my potted basil plant alive but my father fancies himself quite the gardener and I'm inclined to agree. So maybe all the rain this year was good for dad's garden because he procured quite a bounty: a plethora of peppers, 2 types of eggplant, green, yellow and butternut squashes, never ending tomatoes, broccoli, herbs, cabbage and I think I saw the beginnings of a few small pumpkins! On a trip home in late August, I made sure to plunder the family farmer's market of some precious booty! In all honesty, it wasn't so much a plundering as a Hurricane Irene induced hand-out. Fear of the impending hurricane had left dad scrambling to harvest as much of his garden as humanly possible and I (along with the rest of his neighborhood) reaped the benefits!