By David Tanis, The New York Times

Here we are again at summer’s end, and, if ever there is a time of year to enjoy fresh produce in its glorious prime, it is now. Farmers’ markets are full of gorgeous summer fruits and vegetables — fragrant, ripe and sweet.

It hasn’t been on a refrigerated truck from across the continent. Picked mere hours, not days, ago, it all simply tastes different: brighter, fresher, more flavorful.