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From the human condition to nature’s sweet mystery, Farmers’ Almanac delivers almost two centuries of history. This 200th anniversary/collector’s edition of the Farmers’ Almanac is an expanded edition that includes 16 pages of Exclusive Vintage Material (original advice and lore from the early days of this American icon).

Since 1818, the publication has made itself an indispensable part of American life, providing an eclectic mix of weather, astronomy, humor and everyday life hacks before the term even existed.

Special "Throwback Section" of the 200th Special Collector's Edition of the Farmers' Almanac

Special “Throwback Section” of the 200th Collector’s Edition of the Farmers’ Almanac

This 200th Collector’s Edition not only answers the ever-present question of – what will this winter have in store weather-wise, but it also takes a look back at 200 editions and shares material that is clever, forward-thinking, and occasionally very strange, including:

  • Advice to Girls (1876): Suggests a wholesome indifference toward suitors, real or assumed. Nowadays it’s called playing hard-to-get and it remains surprisingly effective. Also: “Cultivate an independent livelihood, whether there is need for it or not.” Girrrl power in the late 1800s (Page 200).
  • The Power of Sunshine (1869): Live in the sunniest room of your house. What’s good for your plants is good for children too, and a naked sunbath doesn’t hurt either. (Page 206)
  • The Art of Kissing (1896): Don’t be in a hurry! Don’t be afraid! “The nerves dance…the heart forgets all bitterness, and the incomparable art of kissing is learned.” Swoon. (Page 198)
  • How to Quiet a Fussy Child (1878): Involves molasses and feathers. You won’t believe it, but you might be tempted to try it. Let us know how it goes. (Page 151).

And according to the special edition, here’s a look at what’s coming for next year:

  • Winter is Coming! Will entire cities turn into frozen armies of White Walkers? Is this the year you should splurge on a snow blower? 16 Months of long-range (and amazingly accurate) weather predictions are in each edition (starts with September 2016-December 2017.) (Page 65)
  • Election-time mud slinging and insult hurling is nothing new to U.S. presidential politics—we’ve seen worse and survived. 1800—Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr engage in ugly name-calling, then end up tied. Congress decides in Jefferson’s favor. Burr goes on to kill Alexander Hamilton in a duel. 1872—Ulysses S. Grant runs against a dead man. Grant wins. (Page 72)
  • For the first time in 26 years a Total Solar Eclipse will be visible from the United States in August 2017. The path of totality cuts a wide swath across much of the country. Will your hometown have a clear view when the Moon’s shadow covers the face of the Sun? How far would you have to travel to see this wondrous celestial event? Learn all of the details of this must-see, family-friendly event. (Page 140)
  • How did our pets get from the barn to our bedrooms? They used to work for us, chasing
    mice, herding sheep, and pulling plows—now we work for them. We buy gluten-free pet food. It’s happened with cats and dogs, are pigs and chickens next? (Page 162)
  • Speaking of chickens, from the country to the city, chicken lovers are raising happy cluckers with help from Farmers’ Almanac. What should you feed your hens? Do you need a rooster to get eggs? And eggsactly how many eggs can you expect to collect every week? (Page 36)
  • Farmer of the Year Contest. Celebrating the 200th edition of the Farmers’ Almanac would not be complete without honoring a profession that is even older than us – farming. So along with the American Farm Bureau, the Farmers’ Almanac is looking to honor farmers who have figured out how to keep their centuries-old, family-run farms alive and thriving, as well as introduce us to the newcomer to farming who may have just started out farming or ranching. Winners will be featured in next year’s Almanac as well as receive special prizes. (Page 40)
  • Foraging for Food? It may seem like a narrow and refined specialty to some, but wildcrafting couldn’t be more universal to humans. After the rise of agriculture some ten thousand years ago, and more recently, the industrialization of farming, a wildcrafting renaissance is currently in bloom across modern Western culture. Learn how a menu of wild foods is growing in popularity as well as get recipes for wild weed dishes. (Page 176).
  • 7 Ways to Reuse Things That Otherwise Were Collecting Dust. Everyone seems to have “treasures” that they hate to throw away but are no longer used. Thankfully, with a little creativity you can give many of these items a new life. We list seven along with ideas on how to turn these items into useable, creative items. (Page 78)
  • 5 Easy Ways to Turn on Your Fountain of Youth. Youth and vitality have been famously pursued throughout the annals of history. While no one has found an instant cure for aging, a magical elixir, or a fountain of youth, there are things we can do to tap into our body’s innate healing abilities. We list of 5 viable ways to look and feel younger and healthier. (Page 168)
  • Hunting, Fishing, and the Weather. Read about how awareness of the climate and lunar phases can help your hunting and fishing efforts to be more successful. (And then turn to our Best Days to Fish Calendar and Best Days to Hunt listing for even more luck in 2017.) (Pages 82, 86 and 90)
  • PLUS: Annual favorites such as helpful life-hacks, recipe contest and winning recipes from last year’s contest, a full year of our exclusive best days calendars, gardening by the moon, fishing calendar, Philosofacts, weather and traditional lore, and other stories that help you plan your day and grow your life.

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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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