Summer to me means creating enough memories to spend the winter months dreaming of it.
Gardening season is in full swing here in the summer. Having a family food production garden means there's always lots to do, lots of harvests, lots of preserving. The kids have lots of involvement, which makes things fun or challenging depending on the day.
Oh the festivals! We have lots of those here, Market Fest being a favorite from the West Kootenay EcoSociety. A place to see some of our amazing and plentiful local artisans and listen and dance to some great music. Last year our 4-year-old, then 3, danced up such a storm, everyone was turning to see who the parents were. It has become memory that I can't help but smile about.
Summer Solstice is a big celebration for our family and marks the true start of Summer fun. We eat a meal made from 95% garden ingredients that day. It makes it fun having no idea what you'll make based on whatever is in the garden that day. We harvest everything as a family and we make the meal as a family in gratitude for our gardening labours. This has created a rich memory for our family year by year . Some years crops are earlier or later than other years, and every year we try to grow more crops just for this celebratory meal.
One of my favorite things about summer here is the wild foraging. Usually wild berries are ready in July and August, and it means our forest walks roll at a much slower pace. The kids enthusiastically hand-pick berries that hardly ever get past their mouths and back home in buckets. Some do make their way home and into the freezer, and we wait until a snowy day in January to eat them, to reminisce on the summer days that were spent hand picking them.
So Summer to me, means a growth of memories. There is so much fun to be had in the summer without spending the 15 minutes or more getting the kids ready for the snow and cold. Summer has become my platform for daydreaming.
A little about Isis and her family:
Isis is an eco-homesteading mama that lives with her a family of four in a mountainside forest in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada. They're experimenting with winter gardening and permaculture and aim to grow mostly heirlooms to help preserve seed genetic diversity. They spend their spare time preserving the harvest, homeschooling and enjoying outdoor adventures. They keep chickens, forage for wild free food and aim for a natural family lifestyle. Follow their journey towards self-reliance on their blog Little Mountain Haven.