November’s full Moon is known as the Beaver Moon because it arrives at the time of year when beavers traditionally are active in preparing for winter. Because this is often before bodies of water freeze, it was also time for Native Americans to set beaver traps to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. You will be able to see this moon on November 6, 2014!
Cranberries: Berry Interesting Bits
Did you know?
o The cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon, is a member of the heath family and a relative of the blueberry and huckleberry.
o The Pequot Native Americans of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, called the berry ibimi, meaning bitter berry, and combined crushed cranberries with dried venison and fat to make pemmican.
Summer is Back! Well, Indian Summer that is.
November 11 is also St. Martins Day, considered to be the beginning of Indian Summer, a period of warm weather following a cold spell or hard frost. Although there are differing opinions about the dates for Indian Summer, for more than 200 years, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has adhered to the saying “If All Saints’ [November 1] brings out winter, St. Martin’s brings out Indian Summer.”
How to Build a Hearth Fire
The fireplace warms all: the room, the conversation, and the people. Yet often few fires burn within it during the cold season because of the constant attention needed to maintain them. Check out our hassle-free technique using seasoned (well-dried) wood, and you will have a fire that not only provides steady, long lasting heat, but also uses a minimum amount of fuel.
You can find much more in the November edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac Monthly Digital Magazine, available now! Just click here to purchase.