First Harvest, Lammas, Loaf Mass, Lughnasadh, Cornucopia, County Fair Time – whatever you call it, it’s all about the celebration of the harvest. This time each year over the centuries and around the northern hemisphere of planet earth, people have been finding ways to celebrate the harvest of fruits and grains, and their own hard labor. Every culture approaches it a little differently, each with its own customs. Bonfires, gatherings, offerings to the gods, giving formal thanks to the earth for its fruits and so much more goes into these celebrations. Mark and I came up with our own way of celebrating, and today marked our second annual blueberry picking “ritual”, complete with picnic and other August time treats. This year our gala event for two was held at the Mercer Slough U-pick Blueberry Farm in Bellevue – a beautiful setting filled with wildlife, blueberries and a good number of happy berry pickers. There was even a surprise visit by a coyote. I learned today that coyotes howl over sirens just like dogs do! It was howling and yipping just a few yards from us and was spotted by some fellow pickers!
Obviously there was enough for everyone, though. We brought home over four pounds of blueberries.
Another berry delight was the handful of ripe blackberries we managed to find and quickly gobble down. Only a sampling of what’s to come from the wonderful month of August!
There were a few tomatoes ready for harvest today too!
And what better way to eat them than with a little fresh mozzarella and basil. Yum!
And what August outing wouldn’t be complete without a little ice cream?
A large part of the Lammas/ Lughnasadh celebration is the focus on the grain harvest. So to celebrate this aspect I baked a Rosemary Olive Oil Cake. I had never combined rosemary with sweet before, but when I saw a recipe for this in the latest Yoga Journal Magazine, I was quite intrigued and decided to give it a try. Boy, am I glad I did! This recipe is a keeper! I altered the original recipe to try and bring at least a little whole grain into it. Here’s my version: