We have been seriously craving that first summer tomato. Ours are only now beginning to ripen but tomatoes started showing up at the farmers market last weekend. I resisted buying them there but ended up buying 2 reds and 2 golds when I stopped at Wades Orchard to pick up peaches. I couldn't wait for ours.
And in that same vein, greedy as Michael and I were for that first taste, I forgot to take pictures of the tomato and fresh mozzarella salad we had with supper. But it was awesome! Chunks of red and gold tomato, cubes of mozzarella, sprinkled with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, garnished with ribbons of lemon basil and drizzled with first press oil from last fall's harvest of Sevillano olives. So, so good.
I did remember to take a picture of dessert. Sliced farm fresh peaches surrounding a scoop of strained yogurt, garnished this time with lime basil and drizzled with honey.
The entire dinner conversation consisted of "mmmmmm...." and "I love summer!" This is the big reminder of why we eat seasonally and preserve. Out of season store bought fresh produce just can't compare. Even in season store bought produce that's been shipped in from god-knows-where has nothing on our local crops. It doesn't even compare with our own preserved produce in winter. Summer eating is our reminder, reinforcement, and reward for our efforts of growing, preserving, and eating local.