July 4th always feels bittersweet to me – it’s a wonderful summer holiday, but it also marks a distinct halfway point in the season. The days have reached their peak length, the thunderstorms are in full force, and summer can slowly feel like it’s slipping away.
Instead, I’m acknowledging that there are two beautiful months left, and many of my favorite parts of summer are currently in their prime:
Fresh cherries, worth waiting the whole year for.
Warm blue skies.
Farmer’s markets, abundant with vendors and goods.
Real ice cream – I don’t do froyo.
White wine, preferably enjoyed on the rooftop.
Baseball games – part of a quintessential American summer.
Fresh herbs, adding crisp and cool flavor to summertime cooking.
What are your favorite summer-specific things?