August 1, 2008

August 1

From the Old Farmer's Almanac:

bread

Lammas Day (August 1)

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 fruits but converted it to Christian usage. Through the centuries, “loaf-mass” became corrupted in spelling and pronunciation to Lammas. On Lammas Day, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain and brought to the churches to be consecrated.

After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.