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5 Simple Ways To Celebrate Summer

5 Simple Ways To Celebrate Summer

The Summer Solstice or the first official day of summer is June 21. It is also known as the “longest” day of the year because it has the greatest number of daylight hours than any other day of the year.

As I wrote about last year at this time, I love summer because for me, it is all about the food.  More specifically, it is about the fresh produce and tastes of summer.

Summer fruits and vegetables are plentiful and it is the easiest time of the year to eat with the seasons because there are so many great things to choose from including watermelon, corn, tomatoes, strawberries, and peaches, plums and nectarines.

But there are other ways to celebrate summer other than simply enjoying summer produce. Here are a few simple ways to reconnect with the rhythm and warmth of summer and to slow down and enjoy it.

Make sun tea. I know there are all kinds of fancy iced-tea makers on the market, I even have one. But, to me, nothing brings me back to the lazy days of summer than a container full of sun tea. No matter how busy or stressful my day is, watching the sun work its magic on those tea bags always gives me a great big smile. Watching the water transform into tea is also a great way for kids to be part of the summer fun. It is simple to make. Just use 1 teabag for each pint of water and leave it outside in a clear container to steep in the sun for at least an hour. When it’s done, you can add your own special touches like honey, mint, or other sweeteners along with some ice.

Read a good book. While I am a big fan of nonfiction and read a lot for my work as a farm and garden writer, there’s nothing that helps me escape into the lazy days of summer more than a great story. This is especially true if I am sitting under a nice, shady tree enjoying my freshly brewed sun tea.

Have a picnic, even if it is just in your own backyard. Just eating outdoors is one way to enjoy your food more because you tend to slow down and observe the beauty of nature around you.

This next one is a radical notion for many, including me since I tried to consciously do this last summer.  This is to just simply do nothing, or to have unscheduled time to relax. I know it goes against everything our modern society stands for, but when I think of the happiest times I had when I was a kid in the summer, it was when I was star gazing, or lying on the grass watching the clouds, or just sitting with friends and family and laughing and talking.

Related to that is to simply spend some time outside. Each person has their own favorite outdoor space for relaxing and that helps them unwind. For some it’s the woods or the beach, or even in their own garden or relaxing on the grass under a giant, shady tree. This is a great way to de-stress and to enjoy the season. Try something really drastic and ignore the cell phone or even leave it in the house for a while.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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5:59PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

I have to say, I just bought the first organic strawberries of the season(Driscoll's-USDA organic) and they taste TERRIBLE. There is zero strawberry flavor. It is all water.

I won't be buying Driscolls organic again.

5:02AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Thank you Judi, for Sharing this!

3:22AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

9:14PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Brings to mind that old Nat King Cole song -
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies
Then lock the house up, now you're set
And on the beach you'll see the girls in their bikinis
As cute as ever but they never get em wet

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Youll wish that summer could always be here

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer

Don't hafta tell a girl and fella about a drive-in
Or some romantic moon it seems
Right from the moment that those lovers start arrivin
Youll see more kissin in the cars than on the screen

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer
Youll wish that summer could always be here

Youll wish that summer could always be here
Youll wish that summer could always be here

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Delightful, have made sun tea but tend to use close to boiling water to pour over the freshly sliced and peeled ginger root for authentic ginger tea. If out in the sun one can always cover the top of the container if worried about insects falling inside.

Love to walk by the river near sunset as it cuts down on too much sun exposure except for the 20 minutes daily required for adequate vitamin D. This is a "good do nothing" exercise as one slowly travels by tranquil vistas with ducks, loons, turtles and other visual delights such as plants, flowers with colourful skies to watch and reflect upon!


6:08PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:14AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:27PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Thanx

1:59AM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

4:26AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

thanks for sharing

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