Our Grove’s Lúghnasadh ritual was last weekend, and I had a terrible time becoming inspired to write it. That is rather uncommon for me, as I write a fair number of rituals, and I’ve written the Lúghnasadh rituals for the Grove for the last three years. But this year, I found myself stuck because I wasn’t sure how to make Lúghnasadh relatable for our modern culture.
At any time of the year, we can go to the grocery store and buy pretty much whatever we want. Because of globalisation, our food comes from many countries, and we have access to so much more than what our local regions can produce. For this reason, I was unsure how to make the idea of “harvest” understandable and relatable in our ritual. Many of us do not grow our own food, and we are not aware of the processes to get the food to our table. I wondered if these ideas were even considered important by others.
I talked with another Grove member about my concerns, and she said that it comes down to choice. We can choose to go to the supermarket and buy apples imported from Chile or South Africa, or we can choose to buy the apples from the farmers’ market that were grown the next town over. We can choose to be aware of where our food comes from and what it contains, or we can choose not to.
Living in Southern Ontario, it won’t be possible for us to eat local food year-round without serious preparation, and serious freezer space. But my boyfriend and I have decided to continue our efforts in buying seasonal produce as much as possible, and can hopefully build up a small store of local fruits and vegetables to use occasionally in the winter.
Today we went blueberry picking at an orchard about 20 minutes east of us. This is the second time we’ve gone to a farm to pick fruits this year, having done strawberries at the Summer Solstice. Raspberries, apples, and pie pumpkins will also be done this year. I know that in January, when we pull out a bag of strawberries from the freezer, I’ll be extremely grateful and happy.
This has given me some food for thought (ha ha) with regards to the meal blessing, which should be my next post.