This is a picture of the general state of our skies this past weekend...and currently. We seem to be getting some good July rain this year, which is great to keep forest fires down, but not so great for the fruit crops that are running about three weeks late here in the Valley.
I wasn't up to putting on my galoshes for the farmers market on Saturday, so my veggie drawer in my fridge is sadly lacking this week. Luckily the garden is giving baby carrots, beet greens, self-sowed lettuce that just popped up out of the blue and a purple pepper. I'm hardly suffering.
I am however, mourning the loss of my yearly sowing of sunflowers. I didn't put any in this year, and I couldn't seem to sneek any seeds into my mom's garden without her hawk eyes seeing the seedlings and pulling them out. So they take over the whole bed, leave a mess of seeds and giant root balls behind...what's not to love?
In my search for sunflower love online, I came across a couple towns that have festivals named after the pretty yellow plants. So this is your (belated) farmers market/festival advice for this week:
If you are in or around Mayville, MI this weekend, stop and see some of the great events at their Mayville Sunflower Festival!
Picture from Mayville Sunflower Festival website (linked)
Also - planning ahead - if you are in the La Porte, IN area in September, check out their 13th Annual Sunflower Fair on September 17th.
I'm a big fan of any kind of festival that supports your local businesses, charities and agriculture!
And hopefully with a bit of sunshine and some perseverance (with a good dose of invisibility potion) my mother won't notice that one little sunflower seedling I've hid away in the back of her acorn squash bed!