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Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Hello 10,000 Lakes

Next week I’m heading to the “State of 10,000 Lakes,” also known as Minnesota. I’ve never been there, but I am representing the Farmers’ Almanac, along with a group of talented associates, at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show from Wednesday, February 27 through Sunday, March 3. We will be selling Almanacs and talking weather lore. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by booth 962 and say hello.

I realized that Minnesota will the 24th state I’ve been able to visit in my lifetime so far. Maybe one day I’ll get to all 50!  Ever stop and count the number of states you’ve visited? I only count states that I’ve stayed at least one night. I have most of the East Coast covered, I’ve got to head west and check out the Plains States and the heartland of our country.

In honor of my trip west next week, I thought I’d leave you with some interesting state license plate mottos (that may or may not still be used) from western portion of the country. Enjoy:

Iowa – The Corn State
Missouri – Show Me State
Nevada – Silver State
North Dakota – Legendary
Oklahoma – Native America
Washington – Evergreen State
Wyoming – Like No Place on Earth

Happy Trails.

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.