What Does the Almanac Mean to You?

In our 225th Anniversary Contest, we ask our readers “What does The Old Farmer’s Almanac mean to you?” This is what they’ve told us.

Jacquelyn E. Moses

Fri, Oct 21, 2016

My great grandad Henry F. Harrison introduced me as a tyke.
I'm grateful to carry on the family tradition of the most citable source in the USA to my own children.
And more~
Thanks y'all!
Best,
J.E.M.

Donald Sneath

Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Fond memories as a child of the Old Farmer’s Almanac always hanging in my Grandmother’s kitchen on Cape Cod along with the Yankee Magazine on the coffee table.

Charles R Randall

Mon, Oct 17, 2016

My mother, being a school teacher, was insistent that each of her five children could read, write and spell simple words as well as perform some simple arithmetic functions before we started formal schooling. The Old Farmer's Almanac was one of my first readers. Seventy-four years later, it is still one of my favorite readers and IS my favorite reference. It has been invaluable for all my gardening ventures, fishing trips, and life adventures. What a book of knowledge, a collection of tradition, and a record of folklore the "Almanac" has been. Keep up the good work and my hope is that my family members two-hundred and twenty-five years from now cherish it as much as I do.

Kelly Musick

Mon, Oct 17, 2016

I grew up in a really small town and spent a lot of time at my grandma's house. There was always a Farmer's Almanac around her house and anytime we got ready to plant anything, go fishing, go hunting or have any type environment question, she always looked it up in the Almanac. The Farmer's Almanac was her other bible to live by and most often it was always right!

Beverly Alton

Mon, Oct 17, 2016

My grandpa keep the almanac in his home, usually by his reading chair. He no longer farmed, but he liked the old time planting tables and growing advice. I would look at it when my family would visit, and was amazed at the amount of information. So I look for the Almanac each year, too--family tradition, you know.

Ruby Irene Buttermore

Mon, Oct 17, 2016

The Old Farmer's Almanac holds many special memories for me. My grandmother followed it faithfully and always planted her crops by the phases of the moon. She would read the parts of the almanac to us that she thought my sister and I could understand like the poems and jokes. She and grandfather always had a plan of their garden and the date she planted each item and always used the advice from the almanac of what would make each thing grow the best. She would scoff at people who did not believe in it and always proved them wrong when her vegetables were huge and better than anyone's and people would drive all the way from town to buy them instead of going to the market. I remember the mounds of corn that we shucked and if we were good and did not fight she would make us a corn silk doll each evening as a reward. The memories of thousands of jars that had to be washed, a huge field of potatoes that had to be picked up and placed in burlap sacks that were filled to be readied for the root cellar along with all the other vegetables that we canned.

It also brings back memories of going to the feed store early on Saturday morning to pick out our dresses for the upcoming school year. The feed sacks were made of material and we would stand in awe at the beautiful prints. After the sacks were emptied and washed with homemade lye soap, brown paper bags or a newspaper were made into patterns. I can remember the beautiful dresses with a big butterfly bow that tied in the back and the puffy sleeves. When grandmother finished our clothes we would always model them for my grandfather because he was our best audience.

She also made a good amount of home remedies for when the cold season came around and kept us in sassafras tea that they had dug earlier in the year. These memories make me feel as if grandmother has her arms around us still with all the love and warmth she could give us.

Devi Brookins

Sun, Oct 16, 2016

As a little girl late 60's early 70's I remember my Grandma swore by it. It was in paper and a few pages but it had remedies for lots of ailments and when to plant/harvest and so much more. I see not much has changed.

Doyla Rosati

Sun, Oct 16, 2016

Been reading the Old Farmer's Almanac since I was a kid. Planting info, folklore, general information the Almanac provides keeps me connected to the memory of my grandfather who worked the land with a team of mules.

Richard Key

Sat, Oct 15, 2016

I plan and plant my garden by using Farmer's Almanac. Always have a great garden.

Virginia Ambrose

Sat, Oct 15, 2016

I'm 71 and have been reading the Old Farmer's Almanac for about 50 years. I believe my parents and grandparents studied it before because there was always a copy around the house. I was just a late-bloomer. Although our family uses the weather calendar to plan our planting and wintering, I really enjoy the tidbits of info and personal ideas best. You've taught me things I've never learned in any other place, from food preparation to astronomy facts and fiction. I never miss getting my annual copy because each one is unique and, in fact, I've saved the issues from the last several years so I can refer back to them. Thanks for being there.

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