In 1792, Robert B. Thomas, a school-teacher, bookseller, and amateur astronomer living near Boston, Massachusetts, began a North American institution when he published the first issue of his Farmer's Alamanac. (The word Old was added in 1832.) He was confident of his skills and knowledgeable about his readers. In one of the early issues, he wrote: "We must strive always to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor." That timeless formula of providing useful advice and entertaining information has contributed greatly to making The Old Farmer's Almanac an indispensable reference for generations of readers.
This Almanac is produced by Yankee Publishing of Dublin, New Hampshire. It is joined by the brand-new The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 3, as well as three cookbooks: Everyday Cookbook, Blue Ribbon Recipes, and Best Home Baking. Several calendars for 2010 are also available: Gardening, Country, and Weather Watcher's (all full-color); the Engagement Calendar, a spiral-bound daily planner; and the page-per-day Every Day Calendar.
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Introducing The 2010 Old Farmer's Almanac! It's about time-literally and figuratively. As surely as the Sun rises in the east every day, The Old Farmer's Alamanac appears on newsstands, bookstore shelves, and check-out counters every September. Its regular presence on national best-seller lists attests to the value and pleasure that it brings to readers around the country. It is as American as apple pie, but it lasts a lot longer!
Now marking its 218thconsecutive year, this "calendar of the heavens" aims once again and more than ever to be "useful, with a pleasant degree of humor," as founder Robert B. Thomas mandated in 1792. (Mr. Thomas is pictured on the cover, with Benjamin Franklin, whom we honor as the "father of almanacs.")
In fulfillment of this mission and in an effort to surpass reader expectations anew, this edition contains astronomical predictions and weather prognostications for every day, best times to do a variety of common tasks, timeless adages and advice, pithy quotes and profound proverbs, quirky facts, amusing and informative anecdotes (and pleasantries), recipes, contests, and much, much, more, including...
Tastes & Trends 2010(Page 12) This comprehensive section reports on and forecasts fashions, foods, home amentities, farm and garden interests, collector interests, and much more for the year, with comments from experts.
Chips Off The Old Blocks (Page 32) Meet the chain saw champs, men and women who are tops in the art and craft of sawing and carving sculptures out of tree trunks, and see what it takes to wield the tool of their trade.
Ghosts In Your Garden? (Page 42) Nicotiana, Begonia, Magnolia, Camellia, Gardenia, Wisteria, Poinsettia-plants all, but people, too. Learn about the famous botanists, explorers, naturalists, and gardeners for whom these and other horticultural beauties are named.
Got Pots? Grow Salads! (Page 56) The ingredients for a simple salad-lettuce, peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes-will all thrive in containers, especially if you follow the tips and advice contained here.
What Is "Normal" Weather? (Page 68) Probably not what you think. The National Climate Data Center uses a specific formula for calculating "normal" weather conditions, and it is about to change. Learn how abnormal "normal" weather really is.
Giant Jupiter Pays A Visit (Page 98) Not since 1963 has this sky king been so close to Earth, so bright, and so easily seen-if you know where to look. (We tell you on page 99.)
Let's All Cheer For Fathers! (Page 146) 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Father's Day. Meet the daughter who started the tradition.
Simple Solutions For Indecisive Times (Page 148) Need help making a decision? Try one of these two tried-and-true techniques.
10 Curious Facts About Mark Twain (Page 152) Celebrate the contennial of this great American's passing with tantalizing Twain trivia. Did you known that he had 19 cats at one time and gave them each an unusual name?
How To Keep More Money In Your Pocket (Page 158) Twenty east, effective, and little-known ways.
Better Than Barebones Cooking (Page 162) A good soup or stew starts with a stock. Learn how stocks and broths can make you a better cook.
The Old (And New) Farmer's Essential Manure Manual (Page 174) Generations of farmers and gardeners have praised the values of "green" cover crops and farm animal manure. They-and we-still do.
Great Moments In the History Of Laughter (Page 186) Guaranteed to have you giggling, guffawing, snickering, and chuckling.
The Right Way To Do Things (Page 192) Ask a few thousand people how to boil an egg, mow a lawn, shovel snow, and wash windows, among other things, and you'll get a thousand answers. Here are the best ones-as well as what experts say.
The Man Who Shot Everyone In Town (Page 200) No one paid attention to this small-town photographer until collectors paid millions for his images.
When All Else Fails, Try A Mad Stone (Page 224) You can't buy one, sell one, or charge for its use, and some are more valuable than others. Why would you want one? Read on.
All of this, plus calendar pages, planting tables, astrological tables, tide tables, measuring tables, a comprehensive reference section, and too much more to mention make this the one book you can read all year long-and we hope that you do!
Available in selected bookstores, this special Collector's Edition is presented as a durable hardcover book to ensure its survival and your satisfication for many years to come. For it, we chose a heavy paper stock that provides sharp black/white contrasts, we made the pages slightly larger than those in the paperback edition, and we enlarged the type-all in an effort to make the text easier to read. We hope that you enjoy it.
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America's best-selling annual publication, with facts, feature articles, and advice that are "useful, with a pleasant degree of humor."
Table of Contents
About This Almanac
Contact Us 1
To Patrons 8
How to Use This Almanac 105
Chips Off the Old Blocks 32
Simple Solutions for Indecisive Times 148
Great Moments in the History of Laughter 186
The Man Who Shot Everyone in Town 200
Reader Essay Contest 222
Maddening Mind-Manglers 227
Anecdotes & Pleasantries 252
The Old (and New) Farmer's Essential Manure Manual 174
10 Curious Facts About Mark Twain 152
Secrets of the Zodiac 229
Best Days for 2010 231
Bright Stars 90
The Twilight Zone and Meteor Showers 92
The Visible Planets 94
Astronomical Glossary 96
Giant Jupiter Pays a Visit 98
Calendar Pages 110
Glossary of Almanac Odditites 138
Holidays and Observances 109
Three-Year Calendar 143
Let's All Cheer for Fathers 146
Time Corrections 234
Tide Corrections 239
Tidal Glossary 241
Better Than Barebones Cooking 162
Reader Recipe Contest 170
Ghosts in Your Garden? 42
Got Pots? Grow Salads! 56
Frosts and Growing Seasons 203
Planting by the Moon's Phase 232
Health & Home
How to Keep More Money in Your Pocket 158
The Right Way to Do Things 192
When All Else Fails, Try a Mad Stone 224
Gestation and Mating Tables 184
Best Fishing Days and Times 144
Tastes & Trends 2010 12
What Is "Normal" Weather? 68
Winter/Summer Maps 80
General Weather Forecast and Report 81
How We Predict the Weather 204
Weather Regions Map 205
Forecasts by Region 206
Home Resource 66
Table of Measures 172
The Old Farmer's General Store 242
General Store Classifieds244
Index to Advertisers 250
A Reference Compendium 257
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Each year I purchase the Almanac, I learn something new. I refer to the Farmer's Almanac at minimum of once a week. The long-range weather forecast helps me plan my gardening activities. The "best days" help me when I should cut the grass or prune my trees. The humor spread throughout the book causes me to reflect and change my attitude for the better. Great book!
The Old Farmers Almanac is and remains the best of the "old country style" almanacs. You have to take it for what it is, but it is the best at what it is.
As usual Old Farmer's Almanac is fun and very interesting reading.
I love this little almanac for its interesting stories of bygone times, its home remedies and the recipes.
The OFA has its usual offbeat predictions of the upcomming year. I am not in favor of Astrology so I skip that stuff but the rest of the OFA is interesting. Where the planets are visible in the sky for each month and the brighter stars is also interesting. The format harkens one back to a simpler time in this country. If you are into nostalga its worth a buy. It also gives information on the names of the months, mostly after Roman or Greek mythology i.e. gods and goddesses.
This book is fun to read. Beware, it has MANY advertisements. It is interesting and has a lot of information, but it is mostly folk-lore.
I have been reading and using The Farmers Almanac for over 45 years. The best ever really try it for yourself you'll see. Your friends will not believe your accuracy on the weather alone.
We live in the mountains and having a fairly accurate take on the weather really assists in all areas of activities, especially in the winter. The gardening/farming sections are informative, help with scheduling, seasonal assistance and general ideas for the everyday garden or yard work.