Lammas Day—August 1
Lammas Day marks the beginning of the harvest. In old England, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain, consecrated in churches, and eaten.
From the Old English hlaf, “loaf,” and maesse, “mass” or “feast,” Lammas is very old indeed.
It derives from the ancient English festival called the Gule of August, which marked the beginning of the harvest, traditionally August 1. The early English church kept this pagan dedication of the first fruit but converted it to Christian usage.
After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day. –proverb
Nothing tastes better than newly picked corn!
Corny Corn Bread
Tomato Corn Salad
See more corn recipes.
If corn blades twist up, it will rain. –proverb
• See how to grill corn and other veggies.
• For growing tips, see our Sweet Corn page.
• Love corn? Read “A Cook’s Garden.”
Climate Trends: In July/August, La Niña conditions are developing. (Click for La Niña definition.) What could this mean for North America? Favorable conditions for tropical storm development, unusually warm summer weather, and a dry finish to the summer for farmers in the Midwest—which should be good for corn. See your local weather forecasts.
A shadow rests upon the fields
As earlier Suns are setting;
The corn has reached the tasseled age,
Its silken tresses netting.
–Stephen H. Thayer (1839–1919)
July Weather Contest
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