It makes fighting gnats and mosquitos worth it. It eases the pain of weed pulling. It soothes a sunburn. It causes dirty fingernails to look like a badge of honor.
It’s the reason we dig.
Here are the first things I harvested from the garden this season.
Peppery, pink and white French Breakfast radishes with crisp greens attached.
One single orange-skinned Nebraska Wedding tomato.
A bowl of perfectly tender, burst-in-your-mouth, tart and sweet raspberries.
I eat those straight out of the dish.
With the tomatoes and radishes, I make the first of many summertime sandwiches to be eaten this season.
This version? A BLERT. As in – bacon, lettuce, egg, radish and tomato. Slathered with homemade mayo. Cradled by two pieces of roasted garlic sourdough bread straight from the farmer’s market.
The best part of this harvest? It’s only the beginning.