Midsummer in Georgia marks delicate transition between the shy colors of May's crops and the rich harvest of late summer. We're past the summer solstice; the days are full of heat and light and get shorter in slivers. The cicada hum is the soundtrack in the peach fields at dusk. Watermelons spill sticky-sweet on thousands of poolsides. Cucumbers and tomatoes are companions in salads, sandwiches, and cocktails sweating in the shade. Everything being plucked and pulled from the earth is full of water, full of sugar and full of—dare we say it—life.
Feel the sun as you rip the husk and silk to reveal the gold of corn kernels, let the juice of the peach coat your warm skin, admire the strange spires of yellow squash on its deep green vine. Peak summer is about color, about ripeness to the point of bursting, about warmth we hope to carry into fall and winter.
Plums & Pluots
Vegetables & Herbs
Written by Frederic Levesque
Photographed by Paige French