Harvest happy

Illustration by Mark Stivers

We often think of fall as harvest season. But the summer sun is making my home vegetable garden produce things like cucumbers, eggplant, squash and tomatoes en masse right now. Thankfully, Sacramento County Master Gardeners (part of the University of California Cooperative Extension program) will be hosting Harvest Day 2013 next month. Radio personality and local expert “Farmer Fred” Hoffman will lead a discussion on tomatoes and the health aspects of home gardening. Chef Adam Pechal of Tuli Bistro and Restaurant Thir13en will show participants how to use homegrown produce in the kitchen. Master Gardeners' Roberta Hopkins and Louise Lelevich will discuss composting, and Cheryl Buckwalkter will talk about river-friendly landscaping. There will also be food trucks, educational tables, and gardening-related vendors. It happens Saturday, August 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center at 11549 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Fair Oaks. For more information, call (916) 875-6913, or visit http://ucanr.org/sites/sacmg/Harvest_Day.