Those who sow with tears will reap with song. He will go along weeping, carrying the valuable seeds; he will come back with song, carrying his sheaves. (Psalms 126: 5-6)
With the approach of spring and summer, the wheat reaches its peak of ripeness and is ready for harvest.
We invite you to take up the sickle and join us in cutting, threshing, and winnowing the wheat. At the same time, learn about the cultural and social aspects of the wheat harvest: How was the harvest carried out in ancient times? What was the process? And what permeated the atmosphere as families worked together to gather and complete the harvest?
So, with the wheat fully ripened on their stalks, it’s time to take out the sickle and cut the sheaves. We then pull the threshing sledge brimming with freshly cut sheaves to the goren, (the threshing floor) and begin separating the heads from the stalks. Once the chaff has blown away in the wind, we cook the kernels in a hot skillet and conclude the activity with a delicious snack of golden wheat coated in sweet, local honey. An ancient granola treat, if you will.
The biblical story of Ruth and Boaz is a wheat harvest classic. Listen to a fascinating account of the harvest, revealing its cultural and social significance, bringing about a fresh, new understanding of the tale.
In addition, try your hand at an authentic, portable flour mill, crafted from basalt stone. It’s an ancient tool that is used even today at Katzrin Village! Take the freshly ground flour and make some delicious pita dough. Roll out the dough and bake it over an open fire. Then break off some fresh, warm bread, dip in authentic olive oil and fragrant hyssop seasoning to enjoy a delightful taste that lingers in your mouth.
Other activities include guided tours of the ancient village, dressing up in traditional clothing, enjoying a picnic basket filled with locally sourced fresh food, and many more.
The ancient breadwinner had to do more than just go to the store and pick out a loaf. Plowing, planting, and harvesting are just some of the “sweaty” tasks needed to produce fresh bread. Join us for an exciting adventure of turning a dry stalk of wheat into fluffy Pita.
The ancient breadwinner had to do more than just go to the store and pick out a loaf. Plowing, planting, and harvesting are just some of the “sweaty” tasks needed to produce fresh bread.
Join us for an exciting adventure of turning a dry stalk of wheat into fluffy warm Pita.