Lammas Day marks the beginning of the harvest. In old England, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain, consecrated in churches, and eaten.
From the Old English hlaf, “loaf,” and maesse, “mass” or “feast,” Lammas is very old indeed.
It derives from the ancient English festival called the Gule of August, which marked the beginning of the harvest, traditionally August 1. The early English church kept this pagan dedication of the first fruit but converted it to Christian usage.
After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day. –proverb
Nothing tastes better than newly picked corn!
As earlier Suns are setting;
The corn has reached the tasseled age,
Its silken tresses netting.
–Stephen H. Thayer (1839–1919)
If corn blades twist up, it will rain. –proverb