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honey moon rising Stephen Rahn

A Strawberry Moon calls for Strawberry Jam

Friday the 13th has brought delight and dread to the hearts of many movie-goers and superstitious individuals over the years but today marks a very important occasion. In the wee hours of June 13th- 12:13 a.m. - there was not only a full moon but what is considered a “strawberry” or “honey” moon. Both of which are rare occurrences taking place in the month of June. These are suitable names which come from strawberry season and the honey hue of the glowing moon.

A full moon won’t fall on a Friday the 13th again until 2049 and a strawberry or honey moon won’t take place again on a Friday the 13th in June until 2098! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a very special event for sky gazers everywhere. If you missed it last night don’t despair, there is live footage online for your viewing pleasure. To learn more about this rare lunar occurrence, read this article from Universe Today and watch a replay of the live footage from the Canary Islands. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the near-full moon this evening, Friday the 13th.

Now I have a yummy coincidence to share! Yesterday I offered my first canning class at the Mercer County Health Department. We talked about safe home food preservation methods and I also demonstrated a canning recipe. Not knowing about the lunar affair about to take place…I chose a honey sweetened strawberry jam recipe! (pictured above) What a perfect coincidence. I like it because it is low in granulated sugar but still sweet with a fresh strawberry flavor. It is a delicious spread and now I like it even more given the circumstances. With only 4 ingredients, what’s not to love?! However, if you’re not keen on canning, you can always just cook it on the stove and keep it in the fridge or freezer for later use.

There are many methods to choose from when preserving food so if you are interested in food preservation, be sure to check out our Food Preservation Resources website so you can preserve the taste of summer!

For more information about upcoming canning and cooking classes this summer throughout Mercer, Henry, Rock Island and Stark counties, visit our website.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!!

"Honey Moon" Rising. Photo credit: Stephan Rahn

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