and berries! oh how we love our berries. we’ve picked raspberries, cranberries, serviceberries and blueberries this year. zelda can’t get enough of any kind of berry so to harvest them from the neighborhood and mountains has been a real treat. zelda has also been enthusiastic about the garden and plants, which has been a lot of fun. she knows different plant names and is an avid garden snacker. she really motivates me to learn more about the plants in our yard as well as those we encounter on the trails. she’s so inquisitive about them, which means i need to be ready to know what they are or help her find the answers. one of my favorites i’ve watched her encounter is fireweed. she asked what it was and i said fireweed. i said she could touch it and she said no no mama its hot. i explained it wasn’t hot at all but that it was called fireweed because of its bright pink color. after that before the blooms all faded away whenever she would encounter some she would tentatively approach the plant and ask if it was ok to touch. it was very sweet. so i’m sad to see the season coming to a close, but we still have a few gardening surprises like beans to harvest (our first time growing these), beets, onions and leeks to pull and potatoes to dig, which will be fun to do with zelda since we don’t know what we’ll uncover. we’re also having a small gathering on saturday for dinner and our menu plan is to showcase as much of our own produce as possible. i’m excited to see the results as i love cooking and creating from what we’ve produced ourselves. we’ll give you an update on that next week.we’ve had a banner summer in the garden. that combined with the eggs our chickens produce, berry picking and dip netting, our freezer and pantry are filling up with summer’s delights to enjoy until next summer. it’s been a lot of fun learning more about edible plants and their uses. i think my current favorite is the nasturtium. i’ve made so much pesto and still have tons of plants to harvest. the pesto is good on everything from eggs to pasta. it’s also a good base to add in other greens.