Harvest is a magical time of year, but it isn't "magic" that brings forth those juicy strawberries or perfectly balanced wine grapes. A good harvest, like most things, is really a matter of hard work, dedication, and due diligence (mother nature, not withstanding). This time of year, we honor the bountiful gifts of the season with the Arroyo Grande Village Harvest Festival and Parade, established way back in 1937. Gather at the Village on Sept. 22 and 23 for toe-tapping entertainment, agricultural exhibits, and an array of food, games, and arts and crafts booths (plus everyone's fave, wheel barrow races!). Just remember, harvest isn't just for tried-and-true farmers or wine grape growers. We plant seeds every day—with our families, our schools, our careers, our communities—and watch those seeds grow. We all need to step back and enjoy the fruits of our labors this time of year. So, here's to whatever you've manifested in the past growing season. Whether that be a well-deserved promotion, a bumper crop of peas, or a killer pinot noir, I salute you.
Sept. 22 to 23; agharvestfestival.com. Δ
Hayley Thomas Cain is celebrating the ongoing harvest of her many tomato plants. Send bites to firstname.lastname@example.org.