Shine On, Harvest Moon

The harvest moon — the poetical name for the full moon closest to the end of summer/beginning of summer — returns this week. The name has a functional aspect, too: once, farmers used it to help them harvest longer into the night.

Today, lots of moonlight is still a good thing at harvest. Thank goodness for electrical lighting, though.

The harvest moon is part of what makes this a special time for agriculturalists in the Upper Midwest. If harvest and the harvest moon don’t get you at least a little jazzed, you should consider finding a new line of work.