Celebrating Halloween and the Harvest
Many ancient celebrations reflected the change in seasons and the time of year when crops were planted or harvested. It’s believed Halloween’s origins lie in the ancient festival of Samhain which marked the end of the harvest season. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. It was also the end of the pastoral farming year, when cattle were slaughtered and tribal gatherings such as the Irish Feis of Tara were held.
As we celebrate this Halloween, let’s pay tribute to the end of the harvest season. Farmers have worked hard this growing season to provide a variety of fresh products available for you and your family to enjoy. Although the growing season has officially ended, they will continue to provide extended season vegetables, cold storage crops like apples and winter squash, meat, dairy products, honey and maple syrup. Take time to visit your local farms stores and farmers’ markets to enjoy the harvests of the season and support farm fresh products grown in the Capital Region.