Sunna's heat has reached its peak scorching both Mother Earth and the fragile crops She supports. Once again we are locked in a delicate balance of sunshine and rain. Too much of either will make the crops wither and die! Just as Idunn keeps the Gods immortal with her golden apples, great God Freyr always seems to keep a close watch over our crops, giving just enough rain to give us a bountiful early harvest of grains and fruits. We should thank great Freyr for all he does for us on this day. We should also thank Sif, who is always associated with the harvest of grain, and mighty Thor, who protects the harvested crops from pests.
Though I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination I usually bake some of those rolls that you just put in the oven for fifteen minutes and buy some fruit as offerings to our great Gods and Goddesses. I prefer to get the fruit from one of the local farms so I know that they are fresh. In times long gone this first grain of the season would be their first chance to make fresh bread, and that is my understanding of this wonderful Hloaf Festival. And this is of course, in my meager way, why I offer the Gods baked bread.
In America we tend to take food for granted, but in the days of old every harvest was vitally important. It could mean literally the difference between life and death! Keep this in mind when we celebrate this wonderful festival, and we should always thank our great Gods and Goddesses for every meal that we are blessed with.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !