An unexpected and prolonged blogging break, but Helios Monroe is open for blogging business again. And what better way to start than this season’s first garden haul.

The first cherry tomatoes were ripe on June 28th – Sungold cherries which are early, prolific and disease resistant :


Fast forward a few weeks –  here comes pepper, edamame, lots of cucumbers and the last of the peas. And tomatoes! And, some bonus volunteer sunflowers:










This Brandywine tomato deserved a photo of its own:










And what to make with this garden bounty? First up, a Turkish Shepherd’s Salad (also known as Çoban Salatası).  Now I have to think of something special for this beautiful Brandywine tomato. Suggestions welcome!