Every time I go to buy farm produce, I worry that this could be it. At this time of year, local bounty can end abruptly. Farmers have already dodged the drowning rain and high wind of two tropical storms. It’s only a matter of time til the first frost; then it's goodbye to tomatoes, corn, zucchini and all the rest.
Sad as that may seem to me, it prompts others to get canning — preserving farm-fresh flavor to last year-round. I admire their industry and passion. A love of local produce sets their pots simmering.