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The temperature keeps fluctuating. One day it’s cold and rainy, then next it’s sunny and warm. We bundle up, then we take it all off. In the farm stands pumpkins crowd out tomatoes and corn. But we aren’t quite ready to roast squash, braise cabbage, or stew collards yet. So today, we cut up some of the last tomatoes, chopped up crisp, unpeeled Kirby cukes, diced radishes and red onions, then tossed everything in a dressing of fresh lemon juice, good olive oil, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, and salt. We made a big big bowl, we’d take it home for our dinners, but it was so satisfying, along with some of last week’s garbanzos, that we devoured the lot! This healthy noon day meal left one of us so energized that she vacuumed the whole studio, while the other dozed at her desk. Everything is betwixt and between.

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