Did you know September is full of holidays? We all know about Labor Day in America. It’s the holiday that celebrates working citizens and, to many of us, marks the end of summer and the onset of fall. But did you know there are several other holidays in the month of September?
September is National Honey Month (see www.honey.com) and National Apple Month (see www.usapple.org). I’m wondering if this is in coordination with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that is often celebrated by dipping apples in honey (symbolic of wishing for a sweet new year). Jews celebrate their New Year, Rosh Hashanah, from sunset on September 8th through nightfall on September 10th this year. See historical info here.
Though there are many differences in celebrations between the Jewish New Year and the January 1 New Year, the idea of resolutions is a similarity between the two. September is a time of new beginnings for many: it’s the beginning of a new school year, the beginning of a fiscal year for many businesses, the beginning of fall, and a great time to start fall cleaning! Several grocery stores have sales on traditional Jewish cuisine. So, introduce a new cultural cuisine to your family, lean down your closets and drawers by fall cleaning, and set some new goals for the remainder of the year. Who says you have to wait till January 1st?!
September is also Organic Harvest Month. See details at http://www.organicconsumers.org/ or http://www.ota.com/news/ohmcalendar.html. “In 1992, the Organic Trade Association implemented ‘Organic Harvest Month™’, a widespread promotion of organic food and agriculture through regional and local events.” If you live in the Greenville, SC, area, check out http://www.localharvest.org/greenville-organic-foods-organization-gofo-M14837 to find farms, local CSAs and other organic event listings.
This article gives some great tips on combining Organic Harvest Month with Rosh Hashanah: http://www.culinate.com/articles/culinate8/sustainable_rosh_hashanah. Enjoy!