Summer is almost upon us and my garden is growing. My parsley has sprouted and I have a few peppers and tomatoes already on the vine. My melon vines are growing and I have my summer squash in the ground. And I finally had a few sweetheart cherry tomatoes that ripened. More should be ripening with the current heat spell, and I can hardly wait! Freshly picked tomatoes cannot be compared to anything else. The closest someone can get without gardening is a local farmer's market. So juicy and sweet, unlike imported tomatoes that are picked green. That's another reason why I really enjoy eating with what's in season. For example, I just bought about 20 pounds of apricots at the farmer's market. Freshly picked, these apricots are sweet and juicy, even my dogs love them. I will probably can or jam some to savor apricots in the winter. It's really just going back to the basics for me.