Fun Harvest Facts

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The Moon Festival is a popular harvest celebration in China, Taiwan, Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia. People gather together outdoors, enjoy tasty moon cakes, light incense and watch the moon, among other festivities.[i]

A harvest moon’s size and color is caused by the moon’s proximity to the horizon, which makes it look larger and redder because the thicker atmosphere transmits red light. It is the moon closest to the autumnal equinox.[ii]

Corn, beans and squash, companion plants known as “the three sisters” by indigenous people in the Americas, were domesticated in Mesoamerica around 3,500 B.C.[iii]

Washington state produces 59% of all apples grown in the U.S. and is one of the nation’s top eight producers of vegetables and legumes.[iv]

There were once 15,000 apple varieties grown in the United States, today 15 apple varieties account for almost 90% of production.[v]

The New Yam Festival for the Igbo people in Nigeria, Ghana boasts a carnival atmosphere at the end of the growing season with cultural dances, fashion display, role reversals, masquerade jamboree, drinking of palm wine and sharing of food. In some communities the feast is dubbed “Homowo” or “To Hoot at Hunger” Festival where the people ritually mock against famine and invite a good harvest in the coming year.[vi]

Canning became popular in the U.S. in the early 1900s, when the USDA’s Farmer’s Bulletins recommended canning as an economical means of preserving farm harvests. Even so, the Ball Brother Company produced their first jars in 1884.[vii]

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