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)

Monday, October 8, 2018
281st day of the year

Sigourney Weaver (actress) was born on this day in 1949.
Franklin Pierce (14th U.S. president) died on this day in 1869.

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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.


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.
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.

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.   
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 …
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. 
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.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

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