Lammas 2014

I kicked off Lammas week with a few friends and a trip to Burnside Farms, a local flower farm where they let you pick your own.

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The sunflower I picked made the perfect addition to my Lammas altar.

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If you’ve never baked a loaf of bread kneaded with your own hands, Lammas is your excuse.  Baking bread from scratch is a great way to connect with the food on your table, and bring an ancient tradition to life in your own kitchen.  I made these artisan loaves with honey, whole wheat flour and olive oil.

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Speaking of honey, this time of year is a great chance to stock up on the best kind: fresh, and local.  I picked a jar up at the sunflower farm while I was there.   I like to get jars from around the area.  Like wine, there are subtle differences in flavor depending on what kind of flowers are around the hives.

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Of course, this holiday is known best for its association with grains, so I included this jar of corn kernals on the altar.  I think it would be fun to make old fashioned popcorn on Lammas Eve.

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Finally, Lammas has long been tied with the harvest of blackberries.  A bottle of blackberry wine on the altar is a nice variation on this tradition.

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