The Native American full moon name of September is the
famous "harvest moon." It represents the most advantageous time-frame
in which we can pick (harvest) crops from the garden. The Native Americans knew
this and knew they would have almost a half hour more time to harvest their
bounty beneath the helpful luminosity of the moon.
Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest
This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.