Even if I didn't know the date, I'd know it was Lammas because every year around this time the color of the air changes. To my eye, it becomes slightly darker with a greenish cast. Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh, marks a shift in energy, from a growth phase into fruition and harvest. The first Thanksgiving really, it is a time of gratitude and celebration for the early harvest -- not only fruits and crops, but also accomplishments, goals met, and other things manifesting in our lives.
I made kale chips a few years ago when they first became the thing, but boy have kale chips ever come a long way since then. Toppings and everything. These are good. I used the convection bake setting on my oven at 150 degrees, so as to not have to drag out the food dehydrator, other than that I followed the recipe.
Lammas is a traditional berry-picking day but a few raspberries are about it for berry picking in our garden today. A strange year for the raspberries, we hope that the fall crop will be better.
Time to get out all my baskets to dry flowers and leaves and roots. Woven baskets allow good air flow and can be hung or stacked. The lowly common marigold, Tagetes sp., is my new best friend because it deters bindweed. Marigolds will have free rein in our gardens from now on. And I used to not like them, can you believe it?
This video records a magical Lughnasadh gathering, if you're so inclined. Happy Harvest! xx