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October 3, 2012

An autumn match: Roast Pork with Corn Pudding

Here is a delicious autumn meal to celebrate the Full Corn Moon and Harvest Moon, which took place a few days ago.

On Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1, did you happen to notice a much brighter moon? In my childhood I would hear adults talking about the Harvest Moon, and occasionally my grandfather would mention the Full Corn Moon, but I was young and didn’t really pay much attention. Though this was a small farm where we had only 6 acres of corn and potatoes, “bringing in the harvest” was a common expression at that time. It wasn’t until I was older that I found out exactly what the moons in September and October meant to farmers.

Here is an excerpt from my grandparents’ favorite magazine, “The Farmer’s Almanac Magazine,” that I found interesting:

“The Full Corn Moon corresponds with the time of harvesting corn. It is also called the Barley Moon, because it is the time to harvest the ripe barley. This month, we also celebrate what we call a Harvest Moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. It can occur in September or October and is bright enough to allow finishing all the harvest chores. In the days before tractor lights, the lamp of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to bring in crops. As the sun’s light faded in the west, the moon would soon rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night.”

Bottom line: The Harvest Moon in 2012 came on the nights of Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1, for us in the United States.

The Harvest Moon is not really bigger, or more pumpkin-colored than other full moons, but it’s special.

“Shine on, Shine on Harvest Moon” — remember the song?

Roast Pork Loin with Apples, Sage & Pecans

Serves 8


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