Photo by Krissa Smith
Thinking back to the family softball games and picnics my aunts took turns hosting, I can’t help but miss the friendly banter of competitive cousins and the time spent bonding over grilled goodies. Summer is a great time to host a get-together—large or small—on your farm.
There are so many activities—indoors and out—that can serve as entertainment for you and your guests, which means planning can be as easy as looking out your back door. Whether you want to cook up some chow with friends or kick back and relax with the girls, this issue has the dirt you need to dig up some fun on the farm.
Join Lisa Kivirist as she plans and executes a farm-style girlfriend getaway on her farm and gives you the tools to host a weekend getaway on yours with “Girls’ Night Out—Farm Style.” Or if you’re looking for a meaningful way to bond with friends and members of your community, start a cooking club in your area with options from Barbara Berst Adams in “Collaborative Cooking.”
Maybe you need ideas for a party menu theme or have always wanted to grow lavender but didn’t know how to use it. Erin McKay explains lavender’s rise to popularity and how it can be used in cooking in “Lusciously Lavender.” There were so many delicious recipes, we couldn’t fit them all into this issue! After savoring the sumptuous meals in this article, check out “9 Lavender Recipes” for more great ideas to stir up something wonderful with lavender in your kitchen.
Use these warmer months to get outside and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, and don’t forget your camera! “Nature Calls” columnist Lynda Tagliaferro helps you find, identify and capture wildflowers growing on your farm on page 62. To assist you on this journey of discovery, we’ve created wildflower identification cards perfectly sized for carrying in your pocket.
After reveling in the wonders of nature, put it to work in your garden, repurposing twigs and branches as supports for your fruits, veggies and flowers. Hobby Farm Home blogger and gardening expert, Jessica Walliser, delves into the world of natural plant staking, showing how and when to employ it in your planting patch in “Lean on Nature.”
No matter how you decide to do it, stake out some time to bask in the warm, sunny days of summer and relish the first days of harvest with your friends, family and neighbors. It’s what the season is meant for!