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Peak Summer

August 20, 2015

Summer must have peaked last week. It’s impossible to ever truly know when you’re in the peak until it’s gone. I think it has something to do with the boundless optimism of the human spirit. We tell ourselves, this is great now, but it may still get even better.

Which isn’t to say that the period after the peak is a disappointment. It’s not. This is an amazing time to be out and about in the Capital Region. However, I’m starting to face the inevitable. Fall isn’t the problem. Fall is awesome.

The problem is that once summer peaks it’s challenging to not get consumed with thoughts of winter. I know, I’m probably jumping the gun. Let’s focus on the positives for a moment, at least.

Corn and tomatoes are absolutely incredible right now. If you don’t belong to a CSA, you find yourself a farmer’s market and grab a bite of the good stuff. I swear, you’ll have no patience for crap tomatoes after taking a bite of something ripened in the late summer sun, and remembering why these things go on sandwiches in the first place.

Steve N. already wrote up the glories of corn. But I recently saw a corn creme brulee recipe which I’m hoping will soon make the menu at Peck’s Arcade. And just last night I couldn’t help but notice that Moxie’s had a sweet corn flavor on the menu too. I would have tried it, but the line was huge and the blueberry lavender was calling my name.

Sweet peppers, eggplant, tender lettuces, arugula, cantaloupe, it’s all incredible right now.

You also still have a couple more weeks to get out and hit those seasonal businesses. Last night was the first time I’d ever been to Jack’s Drive-in. Don’t miss out. Those onions are the burger stand’s raison d’être.

I’ve still never been to Kay’s Pizza on Burden Lake, and I’m not sure if it’s in the cards for this season. I have yet to make my annual pilgrimages to Pirates Lakeside Grill (which I love), Gene’s Fish Fry (which I also love), or On the Farm (which I love too).

The killer part about summer is that no matter how much you get done, I think you just always want a little bit more. Even knowing that cider donuts are right around the corner fails to sweeten the slow creep of winter back into our lives.

So here’s my advice to you. Grab the rest of summer by the balls, and drink it to the lees.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2015 10:34 am

    Kay’s is a must. Do make the effort to get over there before they close for the season, and bring your kids and better half. It’s very family friendly. Skip the booths and sit at one of the communal tables. If it’s busy (and it always is), you might just make new friends.

    • August 20, 2015 10:37 am

      The kids and wife will most certainly reject the pizza (each for different reasons). Maybe I can get my Yelp family to join me.

  2. Josh permalink
    August 20, 2015 12:20 pm

    Long time reader of your blog and big fan. Speaking of tomatoes, does anyone know where I can get heirlooms?

    • Tomato lover permalink
      August 21, 2015 12:02 am

      Honest weight co-op has heirloom tomatoes on sale this week.

      • Josh permalink
        August 21, 2015 4:31 pm


    • August 21, 2015 4:38 pm

      Whole Foods also has organic ones on sale for $3 a pound today.

  3. August 20, 2015 8:11 pm

    Arugula is not good if it is being grown locally right now in this heat. Better in spring and September. It is a cool season green.

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