My poor vegetable garden. It was attacked last Friday by a freak shower of gravel-sized hail and torn to shreds. All of it — tomatoes, squash, lettuce, etc etc etc — POOF! Gone in ten minutes.

And this just after I'd received a new zucchini salad recipe in the mail from my sister and learned about zucchini chocolate chip cookies from this wonderful, perfect, much-needed and highly-recommended book. I mean, one can never have too many squash recipes this time of year.

I am so heartbroken.

I only had time to get off a few shots before my camera died, so this is just a bit of the damage. Here are my future zucchini chocolate chip cookies with their stems savagely snapped off. I took a few pictures of my tomato plants, but they just looked like sticks in the ground and weren't recognizable at all.

I'm going out there today to trim up the wreckage — hopefully, I can salvage some of it — and plant new seeds. I'm not sure if any of it will have time to ripen, or if my town will be pelted with another hail storm next week, but I must keep trying.

At least I can be thankful that my livelihood does not depend upon my harvest. I can't help but think about the farms tucked away in these mountains: What happens to the farmers when the hail hits?

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