My first spring in Florida, I gaily planted herbs and veggies only to watch them wither in the unforgiving heat of Florida's warmer months. I learned the hard way that the growing season here is backwards. Unlike the North, it starts in October when the nights finally start to cool off and lasts until early April when everyone is chased back indoors into air conditioning. Of course this makes perfect sense. Why else do the snowbirds migrate here but for the balmy winters?
It's July now. It's hot here (as it is in many parts of the country). Iced tea, beach trips and juicy slabs of cold watermelon. Yeah, we got all that. But here's what we don't have right now that I really really miss about Northern summers - Farmer's Markets. Here, they're all closed for the summer. It's the off season. I have to make do with fruit from California and pictures of the West Palm Beach Green Market I took back in January.
A happy customer
My favorite veggie stand Stephens Produce