Columbus Day, overcoming morning stiffness, root cellars

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, October 8, 2018

red leaves

Here was October, here
Was ruddy October, the old harvester,
Wrapped like a beggared sachem in a coat
Of tattered tanager and partridge feathers

–Stephen Vincent Benét (1898–1943)

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Today is Columbus Day

Columbus Day 2020
Columbus Day occurs on the second Monday in October. This year, it will be observed on Monday, October 12. Why do we observe Columbus Day? Here’s a brief history of the holiday.


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 rainforest. Our Farm Fresh gifts are delicious, sustainable, and support family farms.
About Root Cellars

Root Cellars: Handle Your Harvest With Care
If you’re planning to store your produce in a root cellar or something similar, here are tips to ensure that your vegetables and fruit survive storage.
Almanac Field to Fork Cookbook

A collection of more than 120 mouthwatering recipes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, plus kitchen tips and food facts and folklore.   
Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash has become a fall staple: easy, original, delicious! It’s a dish that everyone enjoys—and is happy to have again.

Wine Bottle Lights

Create ambient lighting from an empty wine bottle! Choose a bottle from a special celebration or because of its interesting shape and color. 
Overcoming Morning Stiffness

Why We Wake Up Stiff and Achy
Do you grunt, groan, and ratchet yourself to a standing position as you get out of bed in the morning? Then, after stretching and moving around for a few minutes, do you feel the achiness and stiffness abate (at least some of it)? There’s a reason for this …
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years! 
Black Pepper and Columbus

Where Does Black Pepper Come From?
Most of us have a pepper shaker on our kitchen table, but do you know where that pepper actually comes from? Learn all about black pepper, including its history, health benefits, and even how it contributed to European exploration of the Americas.
Silver Mercury Lantern

Standing almost 7 inches tall, these battery-powered lanterns feature 10 lights with a 6-hour timer.