This cornucopia at Roots makes me smile every time I see it, which is often, especially now when the seasonal weather has me excited about gardening again.
Since all of my grandparents were farmers, many of my earliest memories are of the harvest season. From tobacco to peanuts and now soybeans, gathering the harvest has always meant the end of a long and sometimes difficult growing season and, hopefully, enough money to get your family through to the next year.
Simply put, I’ve never outgrown the excitement of fall, and I hope I never do.
Though we’ve made it our own, celebrating the bounty of autumn with a cornucopia is an ancient concept. Documented as early as the 5th Century BC, the word cornucopia is derived from two Latin words: cornu, the word for horn (as in unicorn); and copia, meaning plenty. In fact, the earliest cornucopias were goat horns’ overflowing with fruits and nuts.
Happy fall y’all!