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October 11, 2017

Ever wonder how Halloween came to be or why we celebrate it in the way that we do? Here’s a look back at the origins of some of the most popular Halloween traditions! Why is it called “Halloween”? As with many holidays, Halloween is rooted in our agricultural past, marking the end of harvesttime and the beginning of the new year. The origin of Halloween and many of its customs can be traced to Samhain, an ancient pagan Celtic festival that is Gaelic for “summer’s end,” a day to bid good-bye to... more

October 9, 2017

The autumn leaves are falling and winter is on its way. This means that it’s time to prepare the garden for the coming season. Here are a few tips. Autumn Garden Chores Dig beets, carrots, and turnips as needed, but leave parsnips and sweet potatoes until a couple of frosts have sweetened them. Store pumpkins and winter squashes in a dry place at about 50 degrees F. Divide rhubarb. Include a bud with each section and plant in good rich soil with a generous dressing of manure. Divide perennials... more

September 27, 2017

The wonder of the universe is at your fingertips! Here is how you can use the Almanac to help stargaze and explore the night sky. A Calendar of the Heavens Though weather predictions are often the first thing people associate with The Old Farmer’s Almanac, an almanac means “calendar of the heavens” or a sky timetable. The calendar pages are the heart of the Almanac, and it was an enthusiasm for astronomy which first inspired our founder, Robert B. Thomas, who would pore over “Ferguson’s... more

September 26, 2017

As we attack dust with a vengeance (or, a mild swipe now and then), it’s tempting to wonder: Where does it come from? The Old Farmer’s Almanac helps to answer that question! Where Does Dust Come From? A lot of it comes from people. Although we may not see it, our shoes bring in tiny dirt particles that become airborne as we travel from room to room. Would you believe: Our bodies also produce dust—almost a pound per person per year—in the form of dead skin (which in turn supports microscopic... more

September 25, 2017

Next time you need some health help, check your pantry for some old-fashioned home remedies! Here are some of our favorites from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids!  5 Old-Fashioned Home Remedies 1. Problem: Stuffy nose due to allergies.Solution: Drink peppermint tea. The menthol in peppermint helps to thin mucus. 2. Problem: Too much pool time causing swimmer’s ear.Solution: Carefully place a few drops of white vinegar inside the aching ear. Vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties... more

September 12, 2017

As of September 12, The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac is available in stores! Which stores? Check out our handy new Store Finder. Simply enter your zip or postal code for stores near you! Where to Buy the Almanac Check to see if The Old Farmer’s Almanac is out in your favorite store. Click here for our new Almanac Store Locator by Zip Code.  What’s Inside the 2018 Edition Early readers have said that the 2018 edition is one of our most intriguing editions ever! (Thank you!) Here’s a sampling of the... more

September 5, 2017

Have you ever seen the “Man in the Moon”? Many of us today grew up seeing a face in the Moon, and we’re not the first to do so! For centuries, people have imagined characters and events to help them understand the Moon’s phases. Here’s a collection of mythical Moon stories from around the world, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids!  Moon Mythology Incas of Peru: The ancient Incas called their Moon goddess Mama Quilla, who cried silver tears. They believed that lunar eclipses were... more

August 31, 2017

This month is sweet! September is National Honey Month; read on for honey facts worth buzzing about…plus an easy recipe! Honey Facts and Fun Honey is one of Mother Nature’s sweeteners. Use it as syrup on pancakes or ice cream. Honey makes a great natural home remedy: for dry lips, rub honey on and leave overnight. For a sore throat, drink warm lemon tea sweetened with honey. Give yourself a facial: Spread honey over your face and leave for 10 minutes. Wash away with warm water. The honey... more

July 26, 2017

Have you ever heard of these weird plant names? Learn how the plants below got such unique names, then pick up a copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids to find out more! Swine’s Snout This name is unusual because it refers to not one, but TWO plants. Swine’s Snout is a wildflower, and after the flower has matured and is ready to develop seeds, the flower closes up and resembles that most prominent part of a pig’s face. It’s also another nickname for a dandelion!  Speaking of which, the name... more

July 21, 2017

Is there anything better than drinking cold iced tea on a warm summer’s day? Here are some iced tea–making tips and recipes for you to enjoy! How to Make Iced Tea Here’s the recipe for Dog-Days Iced Tea—a much-loved sweet tea that’s perfect for those super-hot summer days. Ingredients 6 bags black tea (English, Earl Grey, etc.) 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ½ cup mint leaves and sprigs, divided 1-½ cups chilled orange juice 1 orange, sliced crosswise 1 lemon, sliced crosswise Ice cubes... more


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