It is summer in Madera as we enjoy triple-digit temperatures. Stay inside, hydrate and stay cool is the best advice I can offer. I have experienced dehydration more times than I count and it is unpleasant and painful. Avoid it if you can. The heat is my least favorite part of summer.
The fresh produce available at fruit stands, however, make me glad to live near these bountiful farms. What I call the “little baby tomatoes,” are a delight to the pallet. It isn’t just my imagination that they taste so much better than the cherry or grape tomatoes from the grocery store.
While I admire people with green thumbs who tend vegetable gardens I don’t see the appeal in actually doing the work. They toil in the sun to plant, weed and tend their crops. About the time the fruits and vegetables they grow are ripe the roadside stands are open and the produce is cheap and plentiful. They are good at it. Let them do it, I say.
One year I put in cherry tomatoes in a planter box. I got about three tomatoes off the plant and then they died while I was on vacation...