This time of year, marked with harvest festivals in many earth-based cultures, is a time to pause from the garden frenzy, take stock, enjoy the fruits of our labor, and be grateful. In the ancient Celtic calendar, one of the four major festivals of the year was observed at the beginning of August, called Lá Lúnasa, Lughnasadh, or Lammas, which was in that part of the world at that time the beginning of the main harvest season.
In years past, we have celebrated this time of year with fanfare; this year Lúnasa came and went without any vegetables being launched down the Swannanoa river or harvest altars being constructed, but I have been taking time to pause and give thanks for the garden this week.
I spent some time this week in the garden taking photos and feeling immense gratitude for all of the labor that created this bounty, and for the Earth's incredible abundance.
Here are a few shots from the past week in the garden and at market. Happy harvest!
Zinnias and Purslane
Bush beans, edamame, and lots and lots of pole beans
Depp's Pink Firefly tomato - a gorgeous and delicious Appalachian heirloom that has been a heavy producer for us this year.
Tomato jungle in the hoophouse...
Cucumbers and Globe Amaranth
Sweet potatoes, squash, and pole beans
Our tomatoes for sale at the West Asheville Tailgate Market
Italian heirloom frying peppers at market
Cherry tomatoes at market. We are growing the varieties White Currant, Peacevine, Sungold, and Black Cherry.
More tomatoes! Two of my all-time favorite slicers. The green-ripening Emerald Evergreen and the beautiful Flame/ Hillbilly.
Orange Banana, Pearly Pink, and Cream Sausage tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes, sunflowers, and zinnias in the garden...plus some found- object garden art!