At a certain time in the summer in the Bay Area, fog pours through the Golden Gate in a wide, straight river that flows across the bay and plows straight into Berkeley.
It's easy to predict when the river will appear: right around the time when the tomato plants in our garden will have finished blossoming and tentatively started putting out exciting tiny green fruits. Or, just about the time when my hopes are raised that maybe the cucumber plant will actually produce something to eat this year. The watermelons appear to be smarter-- in our garden, they never even try to grow.
I see neighbors able to grow some summer crops... maybe they're in a different microclimate, or maybe they're just better gardeners. This year I finally gave up trying to coax football-sized zucchini out of the earth, and decided I'd just make produce labels for all the crops I've always wanted to grow.
Of course, I had to put the images on some greeting card sets.
Rigel Stuhmiller is a Bay-Area based printmaker and illustrator.