Summer solstice has always been one of my favorite times of the year. For one, it comes just before my birthday, so it is indeed a great reason to celebrate. But now, more importantly, it is the time of year when the garden and the forest really start producing a lot of edibles. For the past few weeks, we have been enjoying an array of lettuces, greens, and herbs in our salads and vegetable dishes. Although a few plants suffered in the late spring due to squash and flea beetles, they now seem to be growing steadily and happy in the soil.