They say that August is the Sunday of summer and boy am I sure feeling that this year. And I might even say that August is Sunday morning and September is Sunday night, ha! Summer usually comes a little late in Ohio and this year was no different, including rainfall until the end of June really. What that means is that summer feels like it’s in full swing right now and not ending anytime soon. I pretty much love all things fall but given 75F days versus rain, I will take the sunny day. And what that means is that I usually have my fall decorations, my Christmas decorations up all later than everyone else.
This week I took a trip to a market I discovered last year, The Summer Market, in Avon Lake, Ohio. The market is held every year in a beautiful setting right on Lake Erie at the Veteran’s Memorial Park. The market consists of vintage and handmade vendors, along with food trucks/vendors and a market raffle held inside the Lake House on property. It was a very hot summer day, but I enjoyed the market once again and found some new vendors I like a lot with maybe a new favorite!
I had the wonderful fortune to attend a culinary event this week in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that has been on my summer bucket list for a few years now. It’s called the Blueberry BBQ and is co-hosted by Chef Douglas Katz of Fire Food and Drink in Shaker Heights and Dan and Michelle Greenfield of Greenfield Berry Farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The event showcases the blueberry in a multi-course meal enhanced by craft cocktails honoring the berry as well. And the setting is the berry farm itself with its acres of berry fields and historic rustic barn, a perfect backdrop to compliment a delicious meal.
I don’t know about you, but once Mother’s Day rolls around, I start to get antsy to get a garden in but one can’t be too anxious or you’ll get frosted out. And if you wait past Memorial Day, you don’t have the opportunity for lush growth and lots of harvesting. This year I was able to get our garden in mid-May. And when I say garden, I mean a container garden.
Hi, friends. July 4 is almost here and we’ve had lots of rain in Ohio. I haven’t felt much like decorating outside, but I have this vintage flag I found last year and love. It’s pre-1960’s (before Alaska and Hawaii were added to the union) so it only has 48 stars. It is woven linen and hand-stitched – I love its character, patina and history. I feel like it needs to be displayed for the holidays for sure.