You’ve probably heard of the harvest moon, but do you really know what it means? We turned to the Farmer’s Almanac for the information. Turns out that it’s a pretty simple explanation: it’s the full moon that falls nearest in time to the autumnal equinox, which typically falls in September or October.
The impact is that it can look like multiple nights of a full moon, leading to the kinds of nighttime escapades that come only when there is plenty of natural moonlight. In other words, it’s the perfect time of year to plan your Fall (and Halloween) activities!
What got us thinking about the harvest moon was the Hallmark movie with that title, which recently aired and will likely re-air throughout the holiday season. The movie synopsis says:
When her family goes bankrupt, privileged city girl Jen Stone travels to the country to try and help a struggling pumpkin farm that her father bought as an investment to get her money back. Not everyone is on board with her changes, least of all Brett, the farm’s handsome manager. By working with what she knows best, she just might be able to turn the farm around, while also falling in love.
The upshot is that eventually there are pumpkins to use! Which led us to the next question: How are you using your pumpkins this season? If you are fresh out of ideas, here are a few to inspire you, all original recipes from The Food Channel Culinary Center.