Oct 31 – Dec 20, 2021 Late Autumn

Fall is the harvest season, a time to take stock of goals and how much progress you were able to make. Celebrate the successes and mull over how to make more progress next time. Consider what’s not working and clear it away.

Samhain

Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of longer, darker months. Traditions held that the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time. Samhain is a good time to set new intentions and goals, and to celebrate loved ones who have passed on. Symbols: pumpkins, apples, pears, root vegetables; bat, cat, cauldron, calendula, acorns, gourds.

  • Celebrate the start of the Wheel of the Year: dress as you intend to be for the year, set new goals, etc.
  • Host a potluck with pumpkin pie, cider, roasted vegetables, and dark wine.
  • Host a bonfire
  • Cook old-fashioned foods
  • Enjoy the company of family and friends

Activities

  • Bake an apple pie
  • Cook soup and roast vegetables
  • Drink hot apple cider
  • Hike closer to the city
  • Host a board game or card night
  • Look for the first frost
  • Put together a jigsaw puzzle
  • Roast chestnuts
  • Roast pumpkin seeds
  • Shop at the farmer's market

Events

Produce

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Eggplant
  • Kale
  • Kiwi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Parsnips
  • Persimmons
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Squash (winter)
  • Thyme
  • Turnips