This was the last weekend in August. Next weekend, Labor Day weekend, is the official end of summer and the official start of fall.
New Jersey is known as The Garden State. Beginning in May, red-checkered, road-side stands with their colorful array of local fruits and produce dot road-sides large and small from here to the sea shore. And every visitor to the Jersey Shore returns home with armloads of beef steak tomatoes and Silver Queen corn.
The Farmers Market in my town will continue to open every Saturday morning until the last Saturday of October, before closing down until next May.
I live in the historic town of Haddonfield, New Jersey, where the oldest homes date back to 1682, and the dedicated members of the Historical Society do their best to ensure that everything is lovingly preserved.
|Kings Highway - Our Main Street|
Shoppers flock to Kings Highway all year round,
but on a warm, summer day, the streets come alive with local craft fairs and al fresco dining.
I live at the edge of Kings Highway in The Mews. If I turn left outside my gate, I can walk to the center of town in two minutes. If I turn right, I can stroll through a leafy park with a large pond that is home to wild ducks, geese and, until recently,
a white swan, who spent his days gliding up and down in solitary splendor. I would watch him every morning from my bedroom window as the ripple of water behind him fanned out like a bridal train. And, then, one day he left and never returned. I miss him still.
The grounds of The Mews are lush and fragrant this time of year, and neighbors often meet for a stroll and a cup of coffee in the cool of the morning. Those moments are what I consider to be the sweetest of all the fruits of summer.
Not being a “morning” person, which, if you read my Blog regularly you already know, I decided to bid a fond adieu to summer a bit later in the afternoon. So, I invited a few special friends and neighbors for some “Nips and Nibbles” at 3:00pm.
Too early for cocktails? Not where I grew up!!
The deviled ham tea sandwiches were a big hit. I like to add grated orange zest and either a bit of horseradish or some mayonnaise spiked with a few drops of Tobasco Sauce. When you’re dealing with something as salty as deviled ham, you need to add some acid (orange zest) and some heat (horseradish).
Anyway, we gave summer a royal send off and told her to enjoy her vacation, but not to forget to come back. She promised she’d be back next year, right on time, with all those wonderful fruits of summer we love her for.