The phrase "harvest table" brings to mind cornucopias, tables laden with seasonal foods, and a large gathering of people. The definition of a harvest table is two-fold.
In America the harvest table, as it is recognized today, began with the feasts Pilgrims planned as a fall harvest celebration. These feasts are most recognized as the roots of the Thanksgiving holiday.
By definition a harvest table as a narrow, long table with hinged drop leaves. The design style has changed over the years, but the table is usually at least 6 feet in length (and sometimes 1 to 2 feet longer).
Where to Find a Harvest Table
Harvest tables are generally associated with country-style homes. Antique dealers and estate sales in rural areas are the best options for finding an authentic harvest table.
Another Traditional Meaning
For many the term harvest table refers not to the piece of furniture, but to the items on the table which represent the fall harvest.
Items Often Included
Items on the table often include a festive centerpiece designed with fruits of the harvest. The meal will consist of many recently harvested items such as corn, beans, cranberries and a meat dish, such as duck. Fine china and flatware are often used for the meal.