So I foresee a time very soon when Lughnasadh will be the necessary release of joy that it once was in Ireland, and vats of calorie-dense foods will again fill bellies hollowed out by the hunger of July.
It is good to take on some restriction during this Lenten season. It reminds us of all the abundance that we gain from living within ethical limits.
So, how do we resolve those tensions between light and dark, between scarcity and abundance? Well, we do and we don’t. Sometimes you just have to resort to patience, resourcefulness and the cycling of the seasons to move on from and come back to those age-old tensions.
Before we casually shipped warehouses of vegetables across oceans and refrigerated them, spring was traditionally a lean time in Western temperate climates, a time when our ancestors had been living on things like salted meat or grains for months.
The reality for anyone trying to eat sustainably is that locally grown organic produce is scarce.