Similar Celebrations: Lammas, Lughnasadh
Food for a low key celebration or Festive Gathering:
Avocado Corn Salad
Barley Corn Salad
Braided Herb Bread
Honey Chicken Kebabs
Vegetable Couscous Salad
Zucchini Carrot Fritters
Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Brown Sugar Shortbread
Herbed Honey Almond Tart
Zucchini Walnut Bread
About this holiday:
First Harvest is the first of the three yearly harvest celebrations. Its traditional focus is on the grain harvest and its yield. But in today's world we also include the bounty from our vegetable gardens, our farmer's markers and the wild berries we find in our area. We also celebrate our personal progress and achievements.
At First Harvest we celebrate abundance, and yet there is still much work to be done. We celebrate, knowing that we must stay focused on the crops still ripening. It is a time to reconcile our hopes with our fears. We joyfully receive the first rewards of our efforts, yet we still await the outcome of the remaining crops. At this point we are committed to this harvest. We can help it along by weeding and watering, but the seeds themselves were already chosen and started at the beginning of the growing season.
First harvest is that point in a personal project where the majority of the work has been completed, like a first draft of a paper. We step back to evaluate the initial results of our work. We simultaneously appreciate the work we have done so far while clarifying the picture of the work needed to complete the project. We can relax just a little as the remaining steps become clearer in our mind.
The First Harvest Menu usually included some kind of herbed breads in honor of the grain harvest. Side dishes made with grains and the garden vegetables are good as well.