I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve never been a big fan of August and sadly I believe it is a result of the hurry-up marketing to get to the next season that I always feel. The mad dash to get out the “back to school” supplies while we are still deep into enjoying our summers. I know there is a strategy for the retailers, but the thought of it all coming to an end all too soon is something I’d rather not have to deal with every time I step into a store or turn on the TV. On the brighter side, August is when our vegetable gardens come into fruition, tomatoes aplenty as well as all the other fresh produce we’ve been nurturing and waiting for all summer. There is such a feeling of triumph and satisfaction when we serve a dish at the table made with our own home grown goods. Here in the northeast, corn is at it’s peak and absolutely delicious. August is a month to slow down and take in the last and best of everything that summer offers, long evenings by a fire pit, lazy afternoons on a raft on a lake, cook outs and sleep overs. Summer is still in full swing and won’t be over until it’s over!