Five Fascinating Facts from the August Edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac Digital Monthly Magazine

August 1, 2014

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The August Monthly Magazine is now available and contains all the fun, wit, and wisdom to help you have another great summer month! Try some refreshing recipes, have dinner with the President, learn the art of smoking fish, and so much more. For now, here are some quick facts to hold you over!

Five Fascinating Facts from the August Edition of
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Digital Monthly Magazine

1. August’s Full Sturgeon Moon (occurs on Sunday, August 10, at 2:09 p.m. EDT) gets its name from the Ottawa Indians who sought this large fish in the Great Lakes and in Lake Champlain.

2. August’s birthstone, the peridot, symbolizes strength. It was once believed that the vibrant green peridot crystals found in volcanic ashes were the tears of the volcano goddess, Pele. When set in gold, this gem was said to protect the wearer from nightmares.

3. Yogurt is the quintessential summer cooking ingredient. Many of the foods we crave on hot days are inspired by Mediterranean dishes, and yogurt is used in a lot of the region’s cuisines. This month’s issue of the Monthly Magazine contains plenty of refreshing yogurt recipes to satisfy your appetite.

4. On August 27, 1789, William Maclay, U.S. senator from Pennsylvania had dinner with President George Washington and several other office members. His account can be found in this month’s issue. He recalls the event as “a great dinner, and the best of the kind I ever was at.”

5. If you smoke your own fish, surely you’ll want to catch your own fish. The best fishing days are when the Moon is between new and full. This month, these days are August 1 through 10 and August 25 through 31.

You can purchase the August Monthly Magazine here!

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