Thinking about the wonder of fresh produce. It’s the smell that sets it apart even before taste enters the picture. Removing the husk from farm stand corn releases a rush of perfume that all but shouts CORN! A supermarket ear of corn might look the same, but there’s no enticing aroma to draw you in and heighten your expectation of something wonderful.
And then there are the heirloom tomatoes. The perfect little jewels that look and smell as perfect as they taste. Fresh tomatoes have a unique aroma. An enticing, earthy quality that sets them far apart from their look alike cousins on the grocery store shelf.
Summer is an all around sensual bonanza. A sunshiny, sea-splashed, sand beneath your feet experience. It’s that special time of year in New England when the produce can be harvested from the fields and piled on farm stand shelves. Perhaps the brevity of the season heightens its appeal, but whatever the reason, it’s important to take advantage of it. Corn and tomato season is about as perfect as it gets on the food scene around here.