Friday, August 22, 2008

Five Green Things To Do Before the End of Summer

I could go crazy on a night like tonight
When summers beginning to give up her fight
And every thoughts a possibility
And the voices are heard but nothing is seen

From the song Mystery by the Indigo Girls

Summer is coming to an end. Around here there is a week and a half until school starts. The boys got their classroom and teacher assignments the other day. That always signals the end is near. 

Here are five green things to think about doing before summer ends:
  1. Cook a local meal. We've talked about it quite a bit here - buying local foods and making a meal strictly from local ingredients. Even if you've already done it this summer, commit to doing it one more time before summer's abundance is gone and it becomes harder to find a variety.
  2. Go picking - in some regions there is still blueberry picking. Apple picking is beginning in many regions. Around here there are farms where you can peach pick right now. Figure out what you can pick in your area, go pick it, and then come home and make a pie or a cobbler or just shove your mouth full of fresh fruit.
  3. Take a hike in the woods with a camera. Take pictures of things that you don't know the names of then when you get home try to find out what they are.
  4. If you still have a little warm weather left, plant one last planting of lettuces or herbs to last you into the fall.
  5. Go to Catalog Choice and cancel all your unwanted catalogs before the slew of holiday catalogs inundate you mailbox. If you cancel now, you may still get the first issue of each holiday version of a catalog, but it will stop you from getting 10 more of the same catalog (with a different cover, of course) between September and December 25th.
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Allison said...

These are great! In our area we are at the peak of heat, 90 to 100 degrees the last 2 weeks.
I love the hike in the woods part and picking some more fruit. I can't wait to apple pick!

Robin Shreeves said...

I got some amazing pristine apples two weeks ago at the farmer's market, but when I asked for them this week, I was told they are already done their season.

I settled for wonderfully juicy gala apples, but I'm looking forward to apple picking myself soon.