Pansies, founder's birthday, snow in the summer

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, April 24, 2019


"The Almanac strives to be useful,
with a pleasant degree of humor."

–Robert B. Thomas (1766–1846)


Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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Happy Birthday, Robert!

The Life and Times of Robert B. Thomas
The founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Robert B. Thomas, was born on April 24, 1766, and he founded The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 1792 when George Washington was president. Here’s a small glimpse into the man and his time. 
Predicting Snow for Summer!

Predicting Snow for the Summer of 1816
Here’s a peculiar prediction: Legend says that a July forecast of “rain, hail, and snow” mistakenly appeared in The 1816 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Ode to a Cow Almanac Wooden Sign

This poem was originally printed in The 1936 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Its inspirational advice is still relevant for today’s busy lifestyles.

Farming by the Moon

Farming by the Moon
The age-old practice of performing farm chores by the Moon stems from the simple belief that the Moon governs moisture.
Support Your Local Farmers Tote Bag

This sturdy cotton canvas bag features The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792 logo on one side and the message “Support Your Local Farmers” on the other. Made in the USA. 
The Flowers With Faces!

Pansies are the colorful flowers with “faces.” A cool-weather favorite, pansies are great for both spring and fall gardens! Here’s how to plant pansies as well as keep them growing and blooming.
The Almanac Weather Rock

100% accurate weather predictor! If the rock is wet, it’s raining. If it’s dry and still, just wait a minute—it’s a mistake and will change soon.

Sweet and Tangy Chicken

Molasses Mustard Chicken

Chicken for supper—again? You’ll get none of that when you serve this sweet and tangy Molasses Mustard Chicken.

Almanac Retro Advertising Thermometer

Vintage design! Made of metal in the USA. Mercury-free, too.