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What’s Inside the Official 200th Birthday Edition of the 2018 Farmers’ Almanac?
2018 marks our 200th year of publishing the Farmers’ Almanac.

Tips, tricks, and everything nice!
Published every year since 1818, the Farmers’ Almanac continues to charm, amaze, inform, and entertain readers of all ages. Want to know when to plant your vegetable garden? The Almanac’s got that! How about the best days to fish or quit smoking? It’s in there, too, along with easy-to-read charts and calendars to help you plan not only your day, but also your month and year ahead. And the Almanac’s long-range weather predictions help you prepare for winter, spring, and the summer as well!

Here’s a look of some of the original, useful, entertaining and engaging stories you can find in the 2018 birthday edition:

  • The Cold, The Dry, The Wet, and The Wild
    Will winter be white? Wet? Dry? Wild? We’ve got the long-anticipated outlook and it’s an interesting one! This and every edition includes 16 months of weather forecasts in advance to help you plan your year. Find out if Christmas will be white, if you’ll be shushing down the slopes, the best dates to escape winter cold, and just how hot next summer will be. We’ve got the look ahead as well as a look back at last year’s winter “weirdness,” plus some insight on how we make our long-range weather predictions.Back by popular demand! The 2018 edition contains a new section of page-turning “Almanac Throwbacks,” featuring useful life hacks, tricks, and wisdom from yesteryear that are surprisingly useful (and entertaining) today, including some brow-raising stories from the tumultuous 1970s and 80s.
  • Helpful Hints by Season
    Including one for “mud season.” The original sources for life-hacks, Farmers’ Almanac offers tips and tricks to make every day life and challenges easier. Looking to keep plants watered when you go on vacation? How about how ways to make fishing more successful? Want to protect your pet’s paws from the winter salt and chemicals? We’ve got the answers, and a whole lot more, starting on page 10.
  • Honoring Farmers
    When we starting receiving submissions for our Farmer of the Year contest, we didn’t realize how genuinely inspired we would be by the stories of people who not only dedicate their lives to an occupation that’s often overlooked and overworked. We read countless stories of men and women, young and old, who have a passion for growing and taking care of the animals and the land that feeds the world. Meet the three farmers we chose who we believe exemplify outstanding farming practices and why they earned the title of Farmers’ Almanac Farmer of the Year.
  • Stop Throwing Away Perfectly Good Food!
    Did you know that 130 billion pounds of food is wasted in the US each year?! And 30-40% of food supply goes uneaten? Be sure to read our 14 smart and easy ways to help you stop wasting food! We include tips on everything from eating “ugly” to uncovering the mystery of expiration dates. Turn to page 24 for these very helpful hints.
  • How to Recycle Gadgets
    Everyone knows how and where to recycle their cans and newspapers, but what about cords, charging cables, cell phones, and other electronic devices? Read how and where to safely dispose of many common gadgets that may be taking up space in your drawers and homes.
  • Move Over Chickens, We’re Giddy for Goats!
    As chickens become even more of a mainstay in homes across the country, goats are becoming the next “it” animal to keep in back yards. With a bit of knowledge and planning you can raise your own goats. We will explain the benefits, and provide helpful tips. Plus we’ve included a recipe for goat cheese you’ve got to try!
  • Award-Winning Recipes
    Who takes home our Spinach Recipe Contest crown? We’ve got the mouth-watering winning recipe as well as the delicious second and third place recipes for you to try at home. It’s all on page 16. And while you’re there, take a peek at what special ingredient is the key to our next year’s contest. Will you be the next winner?
  • 10 Natural Ingredients You Should Have on Hand for Your First-Aid Kit
    Everyone knows Aloe Vera is an easy- to- grow succulent that heals kitchen burns, but did you know it also relieves sunburn and poison ivy rashes? Aloe is just one miracle worker; we’ve got 9 more you’re going to want to learn about.
  • Humans and Nature – A True Love Affair
    The allure of the natural world is vital to our health and well–being. Read about ways to bring nature into a world that’s plugged into screens and hand-held devices, as well as the compelling reasons why this is so important. Take our quiz on page 82 to find out just how connected you are to nature.
  • How to Grow Tropical Fruit in your Living Room – No Matter Where you Live!
    Almost any tropical or subtropical fruit tree can be grown indoors under the right conditions—and experts say you don’t necessarily have to have a green thumb to grow limes in your living room. Learn how you can grow everything from bananas to citrus to rare and exotic fruits you won’t find in the produce section. We’ve got all the details plus a list of 6 tropical fruits that grow anywhere.
  • Garden Easier by Letting Your Chickens Help
    It takes a village to raise a family – and some chickens to help you garden! While fresh eggs are the most obvious benefit of keeping a small flock of backyard chickens, they also make excellent garden assistants.
  • 11 Symbols that Immediately Invoke a Feeling of Nostalgia
    There are some things that immediately conjure up a feeling of nostalgia – apple pie, eagle, white picket fence . . . but how did these things became associated with America? We take a look at some touchstones of American popular culture and how they came to be.
  • Does the Moon Really Have that Much Power on Our Behavior?
    Does the Moon really cause more crime, mischief, and births? Page 112 has the answers.
  • Missing Full Moon
    In 2018 we’ll see two blue Moons but one month is missing a full Moon entirely! Find out which month, why, and how unusual this is.
  • Amazing and Ancient History of Snowman
    Did you know that snowmen may have predated cave paintings? Our story about the very interesting history of snowmen, as well as some statistics on the largest snowwoman in history, is entertaining and informative.

Order your copy today and help us celebrate 200 years of publishing success!

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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