It’s hard to decide what is best to love about summer. For those of us in a four-season climate, top of my list is probably the freedom to walk outdoors anytime without having to bundle up into coats, boots, hats and gloves. Close behind is the abounding fresh produce on farms stands and grocery stores. Dinner in an instant. Inspiration everywhere.

Can anything beat a freshly picked tomato drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette and topped with a touch of sea salt? Sign me up!

Even better, the vegetables make a fabulous centrepiece, none of which goes to waste.


Farmer’s Market Veggie by Pier 1 came out this spring and is currently on clearance. I realize I forgot to take a picture of just the dinner plate, but here it is from Pier 1’s website. 


I was intrigued by the appetizer plates featuring four different vegetable motifs. I teamed them up with Wedgwood Williamsburg Green shell-edged salad plates (an eBay find). Here we have beets & garlic.

Tomatoes and peas.

Artichokes and radishes.

And carrots with red onions.

You can just see the faint writing on the plates, which adds another whole level of visual interest. 

The carrot salt & pepper is from Pier 1 a couple of years ago.

Acacia Wood chargers were a natural base for this outdoorsy table and Colonial Dame Green iced tea glasses by Fostoria joined the party.

Watering can napkin rings surround green plaid napkins, both from Pier 1 and discontinued. 

I had a fine time putting the centrepiece together on a two-tiered galvanized stand. Starting with a layer of indestructible kale, I added artichokes, white turnips, asparagus, beets, carrots, swiss chard and differently coloured tomatoes.


Summer, summer, summer!  Why does it go so fast?.

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.