Translated from Middle English it pretty much means what you think: Summer Has Arrived. Nowhere can that be seen more clearly that at local markets.
The produce of spring -- strawberries, asparagus -- are still around but fading fast. Instead, cherries made their first local appearance this past week, with more to come over the next few weeks. Jersey blueberries will be plentiful soon, and it won't be long until we see apricots, raspberries and other summer sweet fruits.
Here's a sampling of what I've found recently:
|Kauffman's Lancaster County Produce, Reading Terminal market:
Strawberries, sweet red cherries, Queen Anne cherries
|Cylindrical beets at Kauffman's
|Strawberries from Beechwood Orchards, Fairmount Farmers Market
|Also at Fairmount, favas from Queen Farm
|Snow peas from Queen Farm, Fairmount
|Hull peas from Queen, which also sells at Headhouse Square