Types of salt and uses, winter forecast, onions

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, September 14, 2017

golden wheat shafts

Where long the shadows of the wind had rolled, 
Green wheat was yielding to the change assigned; 
And as by some vast magic undivined 
The world was turning slowly into gold

–Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935)


Thursday, September 14, 2017
257th day of the year

Sam Neill (actor) was born on this day in 1947.
Patrick Swayze (actor) died on this day in 2009.


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Pass the Salt, Please!

Six Types of Salt and How to Use Them
What single ingredient can make or break a dish? The answer is salt. Many readers ask us about the different types of salts—table salt, kosher salt, and so on. Let’s look at six common salts and their best use.


Gourmet Salt

Exotic salt collections for the home chef!
Moist Plum Cake

Heavenly Plum Kuchen

The German phrase “Kaffee und Kuchen” refers to a sort of afternoon coffee break when folks get together to share some cake and good conversation.



Farm-Fresh Gifts

Surprise a loved one with a special gift this season! Cheese from Vermont cows, fresh Maine honey, oysters from Puget Sound, or coffee from the Nicaraguan rain forest. Our Farm-Fresh gifts are delicious and sustainable and support family farms.
Winter Forecast 2017–2018

2017–2018 Winter Weather Forecast
Will this winter be wicked or wonderful? Read the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s 2017–2018 Winter Weather Forecast here to find out!
The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Baking | Save 50%

Enjoy 118 scrumptious recipes from celebrated baker Ken Haedrich.
Nature's Magical Compound

Water Shouldn't be Wet! Why Water's Amazing
Water shouldn’t really be wet! It shouldn’t be liquid. It should be a gas. After all, all other similar molecules are gases at room temperature. Bob explains why water—beyond its obvious life-giving properties—is truly astonishing. 
Farm Fresh Pitcher

Use this small pitcher for flowers or dried herbs or as an accent piece!
Harvesting and Storing Onions

Onions are a cold-season crop, easy to grow because of their hardiness. Here’s how to grow an endless supply of onions in your garden!
2018 Almanac Garden-Themed Weekly Planner and Organizer

Perfect for recording appointments, tasks, and special occasions. Covers 18 months with full-week calendar spreads. What’s more, it’s loaded with pretty plant illustrations, reliable gardening advice, timesaving tips, and a durable soft cover that lies flat!