For many pagans, the desire for deeper connection and communion with the world around us is what drew us to paganism in the first place. We sense that the land we live on is more than an address. Our region has history, foods and flavors that are native or naturalized to this specific place, and a unique sacred rhythm of the passage of seasons.
Many pagans are also animistic. We see the land as more than an arrangement of cells: it is sentient and enspirited in a very real way. For most pagans, our spiritual practice is a combination of history, tradition and geographic location.
Our High Holidays follow the ebb and flow of the seasons. Right now, we are between two of our harvest holidays: Harvest Home (sometimes called Mabon) on the autumnal equinox and Samhain on Oct. 31. Both holidays celebrate harvests of different kinds and include customs that involve food. What we eat and the intention with which we do so can be a profound source of connection. When we gather our ingredients locally, we are intentionally connecting to the land we live on.
It’s been so heartening to see the local food movement gaining steam. Here in Frederick, several of our grocery stores carry local produce and this region is home to an abundance of Farmer’s Markets. Along with those resources, pick-your-own orchards and farms are in full swing and offer opportunities for wonderful outings. You can pick ingredients for an autumnal feast, wander through a corn maze, enjoy some apple cider and more all in one stop. Continue reading…