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April 6, 2015

In 1970, The Old Farmer’s Almanac released America and her Almanacs, a book that takes a look back at the many editions released throughout the years. It includes a few of our favorite puzzles published from way back in the day, so we decided to go back in time and see if we could solve these puzzles today! Can you? Almanac History: Puzzles In our 1963 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we published the following puzzle: *This is a direct replica of what was published; unfortunately we are... more

March 30, 2015

The April issue of The Old Farmer's Almanac MONTHLY magazine is here! It is loaded with lots of articles that will help you to start spring with a bang! We've got recipes, gardening tips, history, folklore and facts—plus the monthly weather update! To get insight into this month's issue, check out this preview. April Monthly Is Here! A Heap of ComfortThe good country sounds that come year after year. Do you work on a farm each day? Do you savor the sounds that surround you? See if this short... more

March 25, 2015

Planning a spring wedding? We’ve got some useful tips from the March Monthly to help you through the planning process. We know that preparing for a wedding can be quite the challenge, so use these tips to help organize your perfect spring nuptials! Planning a spring wedding? Let us help! When picking flowers, our favorites include pastels such as pale greens, yellows, lavenders, and pinks. Mixed with white, they’re the colors of the season. Flowers such as tulips, forsythia, and pansies lend a... more

March 23, 2015

Want to know why today is a great day? Today is National Chips & Dip Day, aka a day dedicated to eating a LOT of chips and dip! We couldn’t resist pulling out some of our favorite recipes from Cooking Fresh and wanted to share them with you as well. Celebrate National Chips & Dip Day Invite your friends and family over because these recipes are too good not to share! Be prepared to receive many compliments after making these flavorful dips and enjoying one of the tastiest holidays... more

March 19, 2015

The birds are chirping and the days are growing longer! Spring is almost here—it's time to replenish the garden! In our April Almanac Monthly, we introduce the stone fruit such as peaches, cherries, nectarines, and more single-pit fruits that will liven up your growing season! Monthly Preview: Romancing the Stone Fruit Peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums, and cherries share similar traits and are classified as stone fruit because of the single pit (stony seed) within their sweet, fleshy... more

March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We wanted to provide you with a multitude of GREEN recipes today from our three newest releases: our Garden Guide and our Cooking Fresh and Comfort Food cookbooks. So even if you have nothing green to wear, eat green and it might just help you to earn some extra luck! Cooking Green this St. Patrick’s Day Garden Guide Recipes The Garden Guide is filled with lots of healthy, tasty recipes that focus on incorporating fresh vegetables from the garden! It also has... more

March 13, 2015

If there’s one thing that we love, it’s making our own natural remedies and beauty products! Check out these fantastic recipes from The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac that will restore and liven up your hair, face, and skin. Beauty on a Budget (Part 2) For hair: To restore luster to your tresses and make them more manageable. Herbal Conditioner 1 teaspoon burdock root 1 teaspoon calendula flowers 1 teaspoon chamomile flowers 1 teaspoon lavender flowers 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves 1 tablespoon ... more

March 11, 2015

In the brand-new 2015 Garden Guide, learn all about the power vegetables known as brassicas, featured in the article “Welcome the Cole Clan.”   Power Veggies Cole crops are among the most nutritious vegetables that we can grow in our backyard gardens. Whether eaten raw or cooked, they are high in beta-carotene, calcium, folate, iron, potassium, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, and vitamins A, C, and K, while also being low in calories. Facts about these Brassica family plants and some... more

March 6, 2015

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide is out! Spring is quickly approaching, so this is the perfect preparation guide to have on hand. Take a look at a few of the many articles that will be featured! Our 2015 Garden Guide Is Here! Comfort Me With Crab Apples Ornamental crab apples have everything for the gardener: moderate size, a dazzling display of exquisite flowers, colorful and tasty fruit, and adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions. Want to know where to start? Choose... more

March 2, 2015

I enjoy researching the old ways of using what’s at hand for healing minor ills and meeting the needs of everyday life. But I’m also a fan of science and hard evidence, and sometimes science reveals that a tried-and-true solution to a common problem is ineffective—or worse, harmful. Take cosmetics, for example. In centuries past, women (and many men) used lead, mercury, or arsenic compounds to lighten skin and conceal skin flaws. They also lightened their skin by eating chalk and iodine or... more

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