In the kitchen

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The sig­nif­i­cance of har­vest time can be marked and cel­e­brated with oth­ers through the homely rit­ual of bak­ing bread. The end of har­vest was tra­di­tion­ally cel­e­brated with an enor­mous feast known as the har­vest sup­per. All those who helped bring in the crop were in­vited, and the abun­dance of the sea­son cel­e­brated be­fore win­ter set in. The fi­nal neck of corn or wheat was cut anony­mously by labour­ers un­will­ing to anger the Corn Spirit that was said to re­side within. They would line up and throw sick­les at the corn un­til it was cut, the har­vest ended and the feast could be­gin. Bak­ing loaves to share with fam­ily and friends is a way to evoke the im­por­tance of har­vest at this time.

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