On August 1st, Pagans will celebrate the first, of three, harvest sabbats. Different cultures have different names and traditions for this time, Celtic/Saxon faiths celebrate this sabbat as Lughnasah/Lammas.
You might be thinking, but wait, wtf is a sabbat?
A sabbat is a seasonal festival, generally celebrated by Pagans. All seasonal festivals take place in the “Wheel of the Year“, which is basically the Pagan calendar. The Pagan faith is generally rooted in celebrating the earth, the seasons, and nature’s offerings. There’s a lot more to it than that, but those are the bare minimum basics for anyone just learning about this.
Back to Lughnasah/Lammas.
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, I’m sure you’ve noticed that fruits and vegetables are flowing into farmer’s markets, or your own garden is starting to flourish. This is the whole point of this sabbat. It’s the beginning of the harvest season.
When it comes to deities, many Celtic Pagans honor the God, Lugh, the great skilled craftsman.
There are plenty of crafts that you can look up, but honestly, I am more interested in the food and making fresh dishes. Take a quick stroll through the Union Square Farmer’s Market with me:
I ended up making a pesto with the fresh basil I bought, and I added a few big handfuls of carrot greens. Yes, you can eat the fresh greens from your carrots. Here’s why it’s a great idea.
The recipe is simple, and the version I make is Vegan (no dairy).
In a food processor add the following and blend:
2-3 cups carrot greens (or however many greens you have from a bunch of carrots)
2-3 cups fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh garlic)
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
Generous pinch of sea salt (optional)
Juice of 2 lemons (mine were not juicy, so 1 might be enough)
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons olive oil (optional, and I used garlic infused)
You could honestly eat this with anything. If your mixture is not binding, just add some more lemon juice, oil, or nuts (aka liquid or fat to bind). Taste test as you go. It’s important that you make food to YOUR liking.
Look out for a tarot reading for celebrating Lughnasah/Lammas on August 1st!