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Where does the Easter Bunny come from?
In early days, many Celts worshiped the god Ostara from which the name Easter in part derives. The customs included the reverence of a rabbit. It was said, that at the rise of each full moon, Ostara transforms into a giant rabbit, a symbol of Spring's fertility and good fortune.


And the eggs?
 
The tale is that Ostara, the ancient Celtic goddess of spring, transformed a chicken into a hare, and the hare responded by laying colored eggs for her festival, which has now become Easter.

Embracing the March Equinox: A Druidic Perspective on Organic Farming.

As the winds of March carry the promise of new beginnings, I find myself immersed in the timeless rhythms of nature on our organic farm. Each day brings us closer to the vernal equinox, a sacred moment when day and night stand in perfect balance, marking the official arrival of spring. For us, this isn't just a change in seasons; it's a deeply spiritual and agricultural event that we celebrate in accordance with ancient Druidic traditions.

In the days leading up to the equinox, we prepare our fields for planting, honoring the land with offerings of gratitude and respect. We follow the guidance of our ancestors, who understood the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of living in harmony with the earth.

As the equinox approaches, we gather with our community to celebrate the turning wheel of the year. In the spirit of renewal and growth, we hold rituals to honor the rebirth of the land and the awakening of the natural world. We offer prayers for abundance and fertility, knowing that our efforts in the fields will be blessed by the energy of the season.

On the day of the equinox itself, we rise before dawn to greet the sun as it crosses the celestial equator. We have traditions of fires and dancing, invoking the powers of fire and light to bless our crops and ensure a bountiful harvest. As the sun climbs higher in the sky, we work the land with renewed vigor, sowing seeds of hope and possibility for the months ahead.

Throughout the month of March, we continue to tend to our crops with care and reverence, mindful of the ancient rhythms that govern the cycles of life. We watch with wonder as the first shoots emerge from the soil, heralding the arrival of spring in all its glory.

As an organic farmer who follows Druidic traditions, March is a time of deep reflection and connection with the land. It's a reminder that we are not just caretakers of the earth, but participants in a sacred dance of life that has been unfolding for countless generations. And as we till the soil and nurture the seeds of tomorrow, we do so with humility and gratitude, knowing that we are part of something much larger than ourselves.

March's Staff Pick Recipe

Irish Boxty (Potato Pancakes)

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups grated potatoes

  • 1 cup of flour

  • 1 cup of leftover mash potatos 

  • 1/4 cup of milk

  • olive oil to your desired consistency – about a ¼ cup

  • 1 to 2 eggs

You are looking for a thick consistency. Mash it up into a griddle cake, and cook in a nonstick pan until golden brown.

Staff Book:

Irish Fairy Tales and Folklore - W.B. Yeats

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Until next time, 

Your friends at Crossroads Farm

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