b'At one of Waysides recent Mobile Food Pantries, I was bagging handfuls of local fiddlehead ferns for our guests. One man said he knows them from his home in the Congo but by a different name. Another man said he likes the name but does not enjoy eating them. A woman told me she loves fiddleheads because they are a sign summer is coming. The season for these small wonders is shortonly a monththen they are gone for another year.It takes a while for summer to get started here in Maine, and when it does, it is immediately full of festivities and events. Summer at Wayside is equally celebratory and busy. Thanks to farmers and gardeners who share their bounty, our coolers are flush with fresh fruits and vegetables. That produce makes its way out the door as quickly as it comes in and is used to pump our Community Meals with extra seasonal goodies. Thanks to teams of volunteer gleaners, we begin chopping and freezing local strawberries, corn, and tomatoesanything fresh - to use in the future. Summer means staff lunches outside at our bright turquoise tables next to our lush garden. And summer brings Pop up Picnicsmore fun, outdoor opportunities to share healthy, delicious meals picnic style with our community members and celebrate summertime.In this moment, the days are long and becoming warmer. The ephemeral spring flowers have come and gone, and we have so much to look forward to. Before we immerse ourselves fully in the brief Maine summer, we invite you to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate what we did together last year. We could talk about so much, but we hope you enjoy some highlights in our 2021 Impact Report.Recently, I have been reading haikus, and understandably, they remind me of summerthey are achingly short. In their brevity, just three lines and 17 syllables, simple beauty and meaning is a testament to the ability to make each word or syllable essential, like each summer day.Wishing you a wonderful, slow summer! - Mary Zwolinski, Executive DirectorIn the early summer rain,I will see the floating nestsOf the grebes. 2 Matsuo Basho (1644-1699)'