Although the seasonal shift has not “officially” changed, it certainly feels like summer is upon us! For the last 7 years, we have opened our farm and our arms to our community to gather in celebration of the summer solstice. Seasonal celebrations have been a part of our family’s tradition for sometime, and it felt right those 7 years ago, to start opening up our celebration to others.

The Summer Solstice is the summer quarter point, or mid summer. Midsummer is the time when the day is longest in the northern hemisphere and shortest in the southern hemisphere. Originally a pagan festival, celebrations for the midsummer festival date back to the pre-Christian era.

Summer Solstice is also known as St Johns Day. This day named after the patron saint St. John’s Day is celebrated as a public holiday in some countries with customs varying from location to location. Typical customs include the gathering of the perennial herb St. John’s Wort for medicinal, religious, or spiritual use. St Johns Wort The collection of flowers for floral wreaths is popular. The wreaths are dried and hung in the house all year until the next St. John’s Day.

St Johns wort can also be used internally as a tea. It is known for its sedative and pain relieving effects, giving it a great place in treating anxiety, tension and neauralgia. It can also be applies topically as it helps speeds the healing of wounds, bruises, varacoise veins and mild burns. An infused oil is especially useful for the healing of sunburn.

Whether you gather those delicately powerful flowers, make wreaths, stoke a midsummer eve fire, I invite you to invoke a tradition that works for you, to honour the seasonal shift.