This is a simple post meant to notify all of the PSTR members that there is a significant holiday coming up that will affect most seed companies. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated around this time every year. Rosh Hashanah is Hebrew for Head/Beginning of the year. Many seed and nut companies are owned by Jewish families, and they close down during this period. This includes some of the online seed brands I recommend on my Best Unwashed Poppy Seed List. Fortunately, you have discovered this Rosh Hashanah Poppy Seeds Guide.
ROSH HASHANAH POPPY SEEDS GUIDE
I decided to create this guide after hearing from too many readers last year. They contacted me frantically searching for a place to buy seeds. This Rosh Hashanah Poppy Seeds guide will help determine the dates affected by the Jewish New Year and avoid a disruption in your seed supply. I list options including product links for quality brands you can still purchase during Jewish Holidays.
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Brief Overview of Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, because it is regarded as the anniversary date of the creation of Adam and Eve. This is a day of celebration and special foods are consumed, including challah bread and apples dipped in honey.
Rosh Hashanah Dates
The Jewish New Year usually falls sometime in September, but it occasionally in lands in early October (i.e. 2016). In 2018, it begins the evening of September 9 (Sunday) and ends the evening of September 11 (Tuesday). For you planners out there, the 2019 Rosh Hashanah occurs September 29 → October 1. Mark your calendars now and plan accordingly.
Rosh Hashanah Poppy Seeds Impact
Many of the large seed and nut companies in the United States are owned and/or operated by Jewish families. They close in observation of holy days, including Rosh Hashanah. Finding and purchasing quality poppy seeds can be extremely difficult during the Jewish New Year, but I have discovered some options that I will share with you.
Tips for Buying Poppy Seeds During Rosh Hashanah
These are my valuable tips for purchasing poppy seeds during the Jewish New Year. Make sure to read all 3 tips; the last tip has the best chance of helping out a majority of readers.
#1 Buy Early
One of the easiest ways to ensure that you have poppy seeds during Rosh Hashanah is to purchase before the celebration begins. As stated above, the 2018 Rosh Hashanah lasts from September 9 → September 11th. The weekend makes the buying date even earlier. To play it safe, I ordered earlier today (September 6). Some companies will still be open tomorrow (Friday) morning, but waiting until the last few hours is very risky.
I realize that many of you will not read this post until it is too late to purchase, but you still have other options…
#2 Purchase Poppy Seeds on Amazon
The Amazon Marketplace is still open and processing orders during Rosh Hashanah. Your best chances for finding quality seeds on Amazon is early on during the holiday, before the inventory gets completely wiped out. Make sure to check my Top Poppy Seeds List ahead of time, so you know what to look for.
As time goes on, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find quality seeds on Amazon. By the time you check availability, all of the good brands will likely be gone. For most people, Tip #3 is the best option…
#3 Buy Blue Bird Poppy Seeds
My current favorite brand happens to be one of the few companies that is not closed during Rosh Hashanah or any other Jewish Holiday. Lone Goose Bakery has been selling amazingly delicious seeds, and they even offer overnight shipping now. They market under the brand name Blue Bird Poppy Seeds. I created a Blue Bird/ Lone Goose Bakery Video Review last week, and you can watch it to learn more about these seeds. They are priced higher than some other brands, but I consider it reasonable due to superior quality. Even buying overnight shipping is a small price to pay compared to running out of seeds. I have included a link to their 1 pound package below, but I also recommend purchasing 5 lbs for cost savings.
Yom Kippur is Near
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of The days of Awe, which is a 10 day period of repentance that ends with Yom Kippur. This period is commonly regarded as the most important spiritually, and Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur are referred to as the high holy days. Members of the Jewish faith commonly spend Yom Kippur fasting and praying at their local synagogue.
“l’shanah tovah” – Have a good year!