The 227th edition of North America’s best Almanac invites readers to eat flowers, adopt a dog, wear seat belts, make sausage, and consider the (amusing) challenges of raising livestock.
As sure as the sun rises and sets, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is back. Get ready: The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac is available everywhere—digitally and in print—on Sept. 10!
A comforting constant in a changing world, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been going strong for 227 years by focusing on what’s useful, timeless, tried, and true. The 2019 edition continues this tradition with all-new information on gardening, food, home, and weather, along with life advice that’s practical but doesn’t take itself (too) seriously.
The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac begins with its annual trends forecast. During the coming year, consumers can expect an increased emphasis on health, with exercise classes at the grocery store and DNA kits that help people choose the best food. Also look for social media– ready plants, paw-ternity leave for new pet parents, a minimalist mind-set, collectors seeking simple tech (think rotary phones and View-Masters), toilets that flush on command, and citizen science projects that might lead to otherwise impossible discoveries.
Dig deeper into The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac to find:
• The pros and cons of backyard livestock. Want to keep chickens, but zoning laws say no? To get around this, some folks have put them in dog costumes. (Yes, we’re serious.) Enjoy practical considerations for raising chickens, horses, goats, pigs, and cows—all presented with the Almanac’s traditional “pleasant degree of humor.”
• Why owning a dog is the best medicine. This treatise on “Man’s Best Friend” features the most adorable puppy pictures ever to appear in an Almanac. It also offers medical evidence of why Fido is far better than the proverbial apple a-day and includes tips to keep your canine companion feeling and looking his or her best.
• The man (and the military experiments) that made us safer. Ever wonder how we ended up with seat belts in cars? Thank John Stapp (and his many broken bones). Buckle up: This story is a wild ride.
• The best way to eat a bouquet. Flowers as food! Consider: cheese-and-bacon–stuffed zucchini blossoms, marigolds sprinkled on omelets, and lilacs (with their distinct lemon flavor) candied to sit atop showstopping cakes.
• America’s only federally funded art contest. Here’s a tale about citizen artists including a winning band of brothers who raise hundreds of millions of dollars for conservation. Oh, and did we mention the ducks?
• Baseball’s miracle season. Put team loyalty aside and take a moment to appreciate one of baseball’s most amazin’ wins: the New York Mets’ historic 1969 World Series victory, as recounted by sports analyst Charlie Pierce, contributor to NPR’s “Only a Game.”
Also, along with the Almanac’s special report on how the folks who grow our food are bringing farming into the 21st century, look for advice on how to garden successfully (including the perfect primer for any beginner), make sausage, prepare for the chaos that comes during a full Moon (hint: do nothing), and test soil using (clean) underwear.
Last but never least, the weather! The Almanac is predicting a very mild winter with above-normal temperatures and below normal snowfall. Exceptions include the Southwest (be prepared for increased cold and snow) and greater snowfall in the nation’s midsection and most of the Intermountain region.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac originates from Yankee Publishing Inc. in Dublin, NH. The Almanac’s editors also produce the Garden Guide, digital monthly magazine EXTRA!, The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, calendars, and cookbooks such as Readers’ Best Recipes. Daily Almanac wit and wisdom is available through Almanac.com, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and the Amazon Echo and Google Home voice assistants.
Print editions of The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac are available for just $6.99 everywhere books and magazines are sold, as well as at Almanac.com/Shop or by calling 800-ALMANAC. Save a tree by picking up the digital version via Almanac.com/Shop, iTunes, or Amazon.