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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

Corn Recipes
Nothing tastes better than newly picked corn!

Corny Corn Bread
Corn Quiche
Tomato Corn Salad
Corn Custard
See more corn recipes.

If corn blades twist up, it will rain. –proverb

Quick Clicks

See how to grill corn and other veggies.
• For growing tips, see our Sweet Corn page.
• Love corn? Read “A Cook’s Garden.”

Expert Advice

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 (18391919)

July Weather Contest

Our July Weather Trivia Contest is almost over! Fill in the blank: The Dog Days (a period that lasts into August) are named for ____________ .
Click to submit answer!


Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

A collection of Active Lifestyle Products worth $140 from the Tender Corporation, Littleton, NH.

If the first week in August is unusually warm, the winter will be white and long. –proverb

2010 Beach Days
Before you hit the waves, check our 2010 Summer Beach Forecast.

See our Tide Calculator to find high and low tides for your area.

Here are a few more helpful summer resources:
Heat Safety Tips
UV Index Chart
Sunburn Remedies
Relative Humidity Chart

Bring a summer book! As one of the Almanac editors blogs, “There’s something special about summer reading.” Read her blog.

Don’t forget water and the cool drinks! Here’s a new page with Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes.

Hurricane Season
With warming ocean waters, keep an eye on our hurricane pages. See the 2010 Hurricane Forecast.
Download hurricane tracking maps to record the next named storm.
See guidelines on how to survive a hurricane

Web exclusive! Old Farmer’s Almanac 2011 products are now available!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2011 Hardcover Collector’s Edition

The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2011 Engagement Calendar

The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2011 Bookstore Edition

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