It’s OFFICIALLY summertime–happy first day of summer, central Minnesota! I’ve always thought it to be a little strange summer didn’t officially start until the end of June, because it has been feeling a whole lot like summer all month long.

If you’re wondering why summer doesn’t start until June, I’ve got you covered! Summer starts around June 21st every year because it’s the “summer” solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Basically, it’s not summer until the sun reaches the northernmost point of our equator.

So, what exactly does that even mean? Today is the longest day of the year! The sun won’t officially set until about 10:34 p.m. tonight. Some people celebrate this “holiday” in other countries by eating all day long–not a bad way to celebrate if you ask me.

Today also marks the start of the strawberry season–and I don’t know about you, but I LOVE strawberries! The “strawberry moon” happens around this time once every 70 years. Last year we celebrated the first strawberry moon of my lifetime. It won't happen again for 69 more years. Happy first day of summer!