Magazine article Sunset

The Secret

Magazine article Sunset

The Secret

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When I was visiting friends on the East Coast last summer, I met an Ohioan planning a trip to California this year. I gave away my secret: Go in September. The beaches are warm and sunny, the fog is gone. It's summer without the crowds. The days are still plenty long, and you can eat dinner outside, often until the end of the month.

There are so many good things to do in September in the West. This issue celebrates some of our favorites: visiting the beach, of course, sowing sweet peas, grilling steaks with friends in the backyard, whiling away a Saturday morning at a farmers' market.

We've written about farmers' markets before, but in "Market Harvest," Sunset staff writer Charity Ferreira takes a new angle. She follows three chefs as they shop and create recipes from the late-summer bounty. The resulting seasonal dishes start on page 121. The chefs have me believing that even I could go to the market and put together an impromptu dinner that tastes perfect for September. …

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