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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2017: Special Anniversary Edition (Old Farmer's Almanac (Paperback)) Paperback – Special Edition, August 30, 2016
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From the Author
The words of our founder, Robert B.Thomas, guide us still: "strive always to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor."
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JOIN US, FRIENDS, in a celebration of the 225th consecutive edition of this Almanac! It is our privilege and pleasure to provide you, on these pages, with the elements that make this a true almanac--a calendar of the heavens and a time capsule of the year:
* timetables for the year's astronomical events
* traditionally 80 percent-accurate daily weather forecasts (beginning on page 220) for all of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii
You will also find quirky facts, timeless adages and advice, pithy quotes and profound proverbs, contests, Anecdotes & Pleasantries, Best Days to do things (from fishing to weaning, from planting to setting eggs), and more, including these entertaining and informative articles . . .
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY SECTION Congratulatory messages from U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; founder Robert B. Thomas's life story, in his own words; replica pages from the first (1793) edition; a timeline of little-known facts, plus legendary lore about the Almanac; contributions and quips from a constellation of celebrities.
2017 TRENDS (PAGE 10) Predictions for the hottest, coolest, and oddest ideas, products, and activities, with notes on life in 1792.
CALL IN THE POLLINATORS (PAGE 32) Whether we favor edibles or ornamentals, we all need to lure pollinators to the plants. Here's how.
HARVEST A HELPING OF HISTORY (PAGE 42) For fun, flavor, and the future, grow these heirloom vegetables--favorites of the founding fathers.
DRY-FARM FOR TASTY TOMATOES (PAGE 52): Try this technique for growing amazingly tasty tomatoes--and reap a smaller water bill!
SOW GOOD! (PAGE 58) Step-by-step advice for saving seeds to ensure the healthiest and most robust plants next season.
MANGROVE MYSTERIES EXPLAINED (PAGE 66) Learn about Florida's exclusive "walking trees" and their value to the environment.
HOME WATERS: RIVERS THAT RUN IN THE MIND (PAGE 74) Pull up a chair and join our roving angler as he casts his current thoughts.
ALMANAC SNACKS (PAGE 82) Recipes for a taste of the Almanac: Harvest Relish (gardening), Snow Pudding (weather), Cinnamon Stars (astronomy), Ladybug Cupcakes (nature), Piggy Dip (husbandry), and more!
THE SAVORY PIE CONTEST WINNERS (PAGE 88) Scrumptious fillings and uncommon crusts make these recipes "keepers" in any collection.
A CHRONOLOGICAL COMPENDIUM OF WEATHER FACTS, PHENOMENA, AND FORECASTS (PAGE 94) Five centuries of who, what, where, and when.
FROTH OF OUR FATHERS (PAGE 200) Tap into the saga of America's small beers and strong ales.
HOW TO WOO ON THE WEB (PAGE 204) With these tips, you'll surely "pick 'em cuter by computer"!
DOG TRAINING FOR BUSY PEOPLE (PAGE 210) Prep your pooch to wash the car, change a lightbulb, and more--or less.
WINNERS IN THE 2016 ESSAY CONTEST (PAGE 240) The new holiday we need and why!<
With all of this--plus Calendar Pages; planting, tide, animal gestation, and measuring tables; a comprehensive reference section; and too much more to mention--we endeavor not just to meet your expectations but to exceed them.
We hope that you enjoy this Almanac. Its regular presence on national best-seller lists attests to the value and pleasure that it brings to readers across the continent.
The Old Farmer's Almanac is owned and published byYankee Publishing Incorporated, Dublin, New Hampshire.
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P.S. Someone complained about the ads, but, to me, the ads are what help keep the cost reasonable. Ad-free magazines are relatively cost prohibitive these days.
Interesting articles, the classic weather forecast (which is so general in its forecasts that it's hard to say they're wrong) and fascinating data keep me coming back year after year, decade after decade.
For generations, farmers have used this to time the planting and harvesting of their crops, but it goes beyond that with dates listed for pruning shrubs, planting trees, picking fruit. The almanac even gives dates for other things like cutting your hair on a certain date to make it grow faster or slower. The dates for events are based on the moon's activity. In case you think this sounds like hocum, just try it.
Besides that, the articles and information contained in the almanac are interesting. Just the kind of thing I like to file away in the recesses of my mind for plot points and novel premises.