What a blessing to have friends who love gardening. Especially vegetable gardening. Especially this time of year. My friend James has had a community garden at nearby Lincoln, MA’s Codman Estate for many years now, steadily producing impressive crops of onions, cabbage, parsnips, cantaloupes, watermelon, various herbs and, of course, tomatoes. His generosity continues to be remarkable. These beautiful green beans are a gift from my friend Donna, another generous friend who shows up regularly with beets, tomatoes and other treats. (Donna was an art major. Do you agree with me that the colander pattern here suggests Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’?) My neighbor Toni is a canner, putting up tomatoes, pears, peaches (in non-sugared liquids) that miraculously appear at Christmastime. And my neighbor Alice opens her fabled garden to me and others when she and her husband leave for three weeks in Maine each year around (yes!) harvest time. Thank you. I am grateful to you all. Talk about friends with benefits!