InMotion Physical Therapy August 2019

AUGUST 2019

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FRESH OUT OF THE GARDEN AND FRESH OFF THE HOOK SUMMER FOOD AND TIME WITH FAMILY

Some summer traditions are so constant from year to year that they come to symbolize the season. For me and my family, those all- important traditions all have to do with food — particularly fresh food from the garden and from the bay. We really are fortunate to live somewhere where we can catch fresh fish and crab ourselves and get so many different vegetables from the garden. to now with my family. When I was younger, I remember going out into our family’s garden daily with my dad to pick fresh corn, tomatoes, green beans, peppers. You name it, and we probably had it at some point in our garden. Those vegetables would get cleaned, sliced, diced, and set around every dinner table during long, cool summer evenings. Fishing and gardening are traditions that I’ve carried from my childhood

childhood backyard. Unfortunately, business has gotten in the way of growing the same abundance of vegetables I had growing up. We still have an herb garden though, so we always have a fresh supply of thyme and oregano to add some flavor to whatever is going on the grill that night. Usually fresh fish and crab are what go on the grill. During the summer, my family and I will go out to the pier and fish for crab or get out on the Chesapeake Bay in our 18-foot fishing boat in hopes that we’ll catch some bluefish, trout, or striper to cook up and eat later. We might not catch something every weekend, but we do manage to hook something worth eating at least two or three times a month. We’ve caught some big fish in the past — some of them have weighed close to 10–12 pounds. Of course, there’s also the chance that a shark will get to eat our fish before we do, and all we reel in is the fish’s head!

After a long day of fishing, there’s nothing like firing up the grill and eating the catch of the day along with some fresh vegetables or herbs. They might not be big, grandiose summer adventures, but those weekend fishing trips and days in the garden have become constants for the season. I can always count on those days with my family, and I hope I never take them for granted. Is there something that you get to do with your family every summer? Is there a favorite summer food in your household that you can always count on enjoying? Even if that activity is just something simple, I hope as the season wraps up, you still have plenty of opportunities to enjoy it. And if the time of your favorite summer food is nearing its end, I hope it’s a part of a few more dinners in your future.

–Tom Bohanon

Up until a few years ago, my family had a garden a lot like the one in my

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