2019 Old Farmer's Almanac: Canadian release

By Ginger Vaughan
August 28, 2018

The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition: A Comforting Constant in a Changing World

The 227th edition of North America’s best Almanac invites readers to adopt a pooch, eat a “dragon dog,” wear seat belts, learn a new meaning for “cross-checking,” and consider the (amusing) challenges of raising livestock.

As sure as the Sun rises and sets, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is back. Get ready: The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition is available everywhere—digitally and in print—on September 10!

A comforting constant in a changing world, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been going strong for 227 years by focusing on what’s useful, timeless, tried, and true. The 2019 Canadian Edition continues this tradition with all-new information on gardening, food, home, and weather, along with life advice that’s practical but doesn’t take itself (too) seriously.

The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition begins with its annual trends forecast. During the coming year, consumers can expect an increased emphasis on health, with exercise classes at the grocery store and DNA kits that help people choose the best food. Prepare to see “meatless” on a lot of menus: 43% of Canadians say that they plan to eat more plant-based proteins¾which is a good thing, because the annual health care costs attributed to Canadians not eating their veggies top $4 billion!

Also, look for social media–ready plants, paw-ternity leave for new pet parents, collectors seeking simple tech (think rotary phones and View-Masters), and toilets that flush on command.

Dig deeper into The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition to find:

  • The pros and cons of backyard livestock. Want to keep chickens, but zoning laws say no? To get around this, some folks have put them in dog costumes. (Yes, we’re serious.) Enjoy practical considerations for raising chickens, horses, goats, pigs, and cows—all presented with the Almanac’s traditional “pleasant degree of humour.”
  • The “father” of hockey. Les Costello was a priest, Stanley Cup winner, and founding member of the Flying Fathers, an exhibition hockey team made up of Catholic priests whose success Costello attributed to dousing the rink with holy water before games. Find out more about Father Costello, who “cross-checked” every day and lived his life as a wing with a prayer.
  • Why owning a dog is the best medicine. This treatise on Man’s Best Friend features the most adorable puppy pictures ever to appear in an Almanac. It also offers medical evidence of why Fido is far better than the proverbial apple-a-day and includes tips to keep your canine companion feeling and looking his or her best.
  • The man (and the military experiments) that made us safer. Ever wonder how we ended up with seat belts in cars? Thank John Stapp (and his many broken bones). Buckle up: This story is a wild ride.
  • The best way to eat a bouquet. Flowers as food! Consider: cheese-and-bacon–stuffed zucchini blossoms, marigolds sprinkled on omelets, and lilacs (with their distinct lemon flavor) candied to sit atop showstopping cakes.
  • Canada’s coolest places. Where else but in Canada can you visit a museum dedicated to stuffed gophers doing very humanlike things (for example, getting married and picking up the mail), participate in a game where the players get thrown (sometimes as high as 32 feet), buy a musk ox sweater (warning: bring lots of cash), and appreciate the splendor of not only the world’s largest Easter egg, but also the world’s largest axe?

 

Along with the Almanac’s special report on the secrets of giant pumpkins, look for advice on how to garden successfully (including the perfect primer for any beginner), prepare for the chaos that comes during a full Moon (hint: do nothing), test soil using (clean) underwear, and sample a $100 “dragon dog” complete with lobster tail, truffles, and cognac (hint: Calgary).

Last but never least, the weather! According to the Almanac’s forecast, Canadians should brace themselves for a very cold and snowy winter. There are exceptions to the rule: Pacific Canada and the southern two-thirds of Ontario will see normal temperatures (remember, it’s winter, so it will still be cold!), while northern Atlantic Canada’s temperatures will be above normal (again, still winter, still cold). All of Canada can bank on above-average snowfall throughout the season.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition originates from Yankee Publishing Inc. in Dublin, New Hampshire. The Almanac’s editors also produce the Garden Guide, digital monthly magazine EXTRA!, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, calendars, and cookbooks such as Readers’ Best Recipes. Daily Almanac wit and wisdom is available through Almanac.ca, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and the Amazon Echo and Google Home voice assistants.

Print editions of The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition are available for just $6.99 everywhere books and magazines are sold, as well as at Almanac.ca/Shop or by calling 800-ALMANAC. Save a tree by picking up the digital version via Almanac.ca/Shop or the iTunes Store.

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Editors’ Note: To set up an interview or request a review or giveaway copies of The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac Canadian Edition, please contact Ginger Vaughan at ginger@quinnbrein.com.

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