Week 9 is looking a lot like Week 8. August is undeniably ‘Nightshade Month’ – with its abundance of eggplants, peppers and tomatoes, all leading representatives of the Solanaceae family of plants. These are complemented by fresh onions and our third corn harvest of the season – the traditional yellow variety, this time. This week’s beautiful weather, welcomed by end-of-summer vacationers, has us on edge, as our irrigation pond is drying up and we’re left wondering how we’ll water our lettuce, which will be a bit bitter if the current dry spell continues for too long. In any event, the trick to offset the bitterness is a strong salad dressing with lots of garlic, herbs and spices, Dijon mustard or even a bit of blue cheese…By September, we promise to have green leaves to fill your salad plates through to the end of the season. In the meantime, we’re waiting for our spring-fed pond to dry up completely so we can dig it bigger, and deeper, for next year.