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It’s Official: The Farmers’ Almanac Is 200 Years Old!

Now that the calendar says 2018, it’s official: the Farmers’ Almanac is 200 years old! We’re proud and excited to celebrate this milestone with our many readers and fans.

It’s mind boggling to think about how much life and the world has changed since 1818. There have been so many advances in technology, transportation, and medicine. And the cost of food certainly has changed.

Think about it:

Back in 1818 Today, 2018
Beef 6-8 cents/lb $3.36/lb (ground)
Potatoes $0.56/bushel $50.4/bushel; $2.99/5 lb bag
Milk $0.32/gallon $3.01/gallon

Different yet somewhat the same

Interestingly, there are aspects of everyday life that are the same as they were 200 years ago. There’s still a need to connect to the earth: we want to grow our own food, watch the sunset, swim in the ocean or lake, fish, hunt, stargaze, and live in harmony with the natural world around us.

For two centuries, the Farmers’ Almanac has been filling these needs with unique stories, calendars, weather forecasts, and tips. We recognize the need to sometimes disconnect from the world’s chaos and reconnect to a more natural, simple lifestyle, even if it’s only for a few hours.

We are the Farmers’ Almanac, but we have come a long way from being simply a farming publication. We are an annual tradition which, for two centuries, has celebrated life’s simple pleasures by providing useful information that helps you plan your days, and grow your life.

Help us celebrate!

Pick up a copy of our 2018 edition. Check out all of our website offerings, and follow us on social media. You’ll find the many articles and tips we share will help you reconnect with nature and live a more simple lifestyle to help make the future more rewarding.

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  • Debbie Coccia says:

    I’ve been buying the Almanac for over 15 years. I live in Pennsylvania. I call it my ‘Weather Bible’. It has not been wrong predicting snowstorms [which I detest] yet! I’ve shouted its accuracy to all friends; family and co-workers and now all winter-long whenever the local news is predicting snow; I have everyone calling me asking me what the Almanac has for our zone.

  • Kathy Flaherty says:

    The Farmers Almanac is my favorite read, year after year! 🙂

  • shirley keys says:

    Looking forward to the tips and advice you are offering

  • wesley thigpen says:

    love the book and web site hope ya’ll make another 200 years

  • Daisy Hays says:

    I like the farmers almanac

  • Daisy Hays says:

    I have always depend on the farmers Almanac since in the 1950’s

  • Vic Walker says:

    When folks do as you have done — showing a comparison of cost — they would also show a comparison of family income. As income rose — cost rose … that is just natural … employers can’t pay more unless they are asking for more from those who buy their products. The big difference in yesteryears and today is that some of those goods have help to improve our lives and they came also at great expense and continue to do so today. A raise here always means a raise somewhere else … balancing the bottom line is not done without consequences on one end or the other.

  • ROGER THOMAS says:

    Hi my name is roger thomas i am a big believer in the almanac I read and use it everyday I was born and raised on a farm in Indiana. My parents and grandparents especially swore by the almanac ( the farm bible) thanks again for the web site and emails I check it evertday for updates and info. Again thanks very much!! I already have the 2018 copy

    • Susan Higgins says:

      Hi Roger, thank you so much for your wonderful comments. We’re thrilled that you have your 2018 copy and enjoy our web site as well!

  • Kim says:

    Could you please send me a copy of the Special Collection of Almanac Throwbacks- 8 pages of Humorous tips and advice from yesterday.
    Thank You!!!

  • 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 1919, 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.

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