Hearty soups, winter bird food, beekeeping

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, February 5, 2017

Dear Almanac readers,

In this issue, we are thinking about food—for you, for the birds, and for the garden!  

In the kitchen, we're cooking up soups and stews. Outside, we're helping our feathered friends with some winter suet. And what do bees have to do with food? These busy pollinators are responsible for one out of three bites of our food—and are on the decline. Consider a bee box in your backyard to help pollinate your flowers and crops!


Your Almanac Editors

Poor robin redbreast,
Look where he comes;
Let him in to feel your fire,
And toss him of your crumbs
–Christina G. Rossetti (1830–94)

Sunday, February 5, 2017
36th day of the year

Sara Evans (country music singer) was born on this day in 1971.
Brian Jacques (children's author) died on this day in 2011.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!


Blizzards in February

The Worst Blizzards in Recent History
Do you have memories of bad blizzards? Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable February storms of the past 50 years.

One of the most memorable blizzards just a few years ago this month happened on February 1–2, 2011. This storm brought heavy, blowing snow from northern Texas to New England and eastern Canada. Hardest hit was Chicago with 21.2 inches of snow and 60 miles per hour winds. Learn more: Worst Blizzards in History.
Hearty Winter Soups

Soup Recipes: Soups, Stews, and Chowders
There’s nothing better than a warm, hearty bowl of soup on a cold day. These stew, chowder, and soup recipes will give you warmth and plenty of leftovers!
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

The Algonquin people named the Full Snow Moon after this time when the heaviest snows fall.
Last-Minute Dip Recipes

Super Bowl Dip Recipes
Are you ready to break out some delicious Super Bowl dip recipes for the big day? Scoop up classic guacamole, spicy buffalo chicken dip, delicious spinach dip, and more!
The 2017 Weather Watcher’s Calendar | Save 50%

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Features dramatic photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, trivia, and more.
Winter Bird Food

Bird Food Recipes for Winter
Here are some great homemade bird food recipes that can be used at any time of the year, but especially in the cold winter months, when natural resources are scarce.
In the Garden Handcare Caddy

A silver-toned caddy holding our popular foaming hand soap and rich hand lotion together in one place, whether in the bath or the kitchen. Very elegant, very convenient. 
How to Raise Bees

Beekeeping 101: Getting Started Part 1—The Bees
When it comes to raising honeybees, there’s plenty of buzz out there. Before you get started, be sure that you are ready to handle the task.
Iditarod Beanie Hat

Designed for extremely cold weather! Features the softest and most luxurious Alpaca fleece.