Enjoying the Summer While It Lasts

— Written By and last updated by Dawn Stone

IS050-003Summer is winding down and fall will soon be upon us. Here in Randolph County, we have had a very wet summer. The few sunny days that we have had were unbearably hot and humid. That is why it is important to appreciate the last few days of summer and take time out of your busy day to leave the precious air conditioned inside and enjoy the fresh summer air.

Many of us are set in the routine of daily life and appreciating nature tends to be a pleasant side thought as opposed to a regular activity. Studies have shown that sunshine and mild exercise can improve our health, both mentally and physically. Taking a few minutes out of your day to enjoy nature may seem like somewhat of a burden, but in reality, it is easier than you may think. Simply walking to your car or around your yard can relieve stress and provide a mini-vacation from the rigors of everyday life.

Spending quality time with the family is also getting more and more difficult to plan and squeeze into our schedules. Visiting one of the many local parks or nature trails that are located here in Randolph County is an excellent way to be outside and share nature with your loved ones. Creating weekly plans will help make these fun activities a more common occurrence. Incorporating family members, pets, and friends can make an outing even more enjoyable. With summer winding down, it is important to get out and enjoy the weather while we still can before the jackets and gloves make their escape from the closet.

August is also a great time to get out to your local farmer’s market and support the Randolph County economy while getting some great deals on local produce and baked goods. We are coming close to the end of the growing season and local farmers have lots of fresh tomatoes, peppers and other produce still available. Summertime is fresh produce time, but many of the local fruits and vegetables can be purchased now and stored through canning or freezing for the up coming months.

Here in Randolph County, we are lucky to have a lot of opportunities to get out and appreciate nature; whether it is in your backyard or one of the many parks that we have. Here at the Cooperative Extension Office, we encourage everybody to find the time to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Please feel free to contact us at (336) 318- 6000 if you want to here about the opportunities that are currently available to the good people of Randolph County.