Aside from the harvest, this is one of my favorite stages of gardening.
When you go outside and notice a handful of cherry tomatoes that seemed to appear overnight.
Or tiny jalapenos dropping from the stem.
(I noticed a half-eaten jalapeno on the ground. I hope it was hot enough to teach the chipmunks a lesson…)
And butternut squash flowers fading into gourds.
This is also the stage when it’s really really annoying to buy produce at the grocery store.