When summer first started, I wrote about easy ways to celebrate the season. Since today is Labor Day, the season is now coming to a close. Although Labor Day is often marked as the end of the season, there are technically still 18 days left — which means it’s not too late to squeeze in last-minute summer celebrations.
For me, summer is all about the food, especially fresh fruits and veggies like corn, watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries, and peaches and plums.
Labor Day is all about food for most people, and they usually mark the day with the last barbecue or picnic of the season. But why not host an end of summer potluck, picnic, or barbecue before the season is officially over? Make this event the last official one of the summer by highlighting the foods of the season. A few fresh vegetables and a food processor make delicious chilled summer soups (tomatoes and cucumbers taste great this way). Make roasted watermelon seeds. Grill your fresh veggies and make kabobs. Include some peaches and plums to add a touch of sweetness.
If you are a gardener, you can also exchange produce, or have a mini produce swap with your friends and family. Are your tomatoes, zucchini, corn and cucumbers done? Save the seeds and have a seed exchange.
While the weather is still nice, take advantage of the sunshine and take a day and go explore some local gardens or parks. Many local parks have outdoor concerts and movies with some going through the end of September.
Go for a moonlit hike or walk, even if it’s just around your neighborhood. The warm summer nights are a perfect time to stargaze and to see things from a different perspective. Organized hikes that overlook city lights are a memorable way to say goodbye to summer.
What’s on your end-of-the-summer bucket list?
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