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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Hints on getting the perfect strawberries

Here is a tried and true technique to picking and freezing strawberries:

  1. Grasp the stem just above the berry between the forefinger an the thumbnail and pull with a slight twisting motion.
  2. With the stem broken about ½ inch from the berry, allow it to roll into the palm of your hand.
  3. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds three to four berries. Carefully place — don’t throw — the fruit into your containers.
  4. Don’t overfill your containers or try to pack down the berries.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.