The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2013

By: Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Commentary The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2013 edition is hitting the bookstore, grocery store, and pharmacy shelves. In continuous print since 1792, the Old Farmer’s Almanac (not to be confused with the Farmer’s Almanac in continuous publication since 1818) is the oldest single periodical in American history. Stretching all the way back to U.S. President George Washington’s first term in office, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has been the most commonly found information source in just about every household in the United States (even now in a number of homes throughout this country it still is). Greatly valued for its predictions on the weather, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has been and still is the source for many farmers in this country on when and what to plant for their crops. Interestingly enough, the Old Farmer’s Almanac accurately predicted the mild winter we experienced in 2011 to early 2012. It also predicted the extraordinary warm weather and the drought that gripped the United States this year.

But the Old Farmer’s Almanac is more than just a journal predicting the weather. It is also full of interesting information such as cooking and recipes, advertisements for things on sale, a Moon phase calendar, gardening information, birding and fishing, astronomy, astrology, rural real estate, and much more. This year the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting much colder weather compared to last year. With its 80 percent accurate weather prediction rate, it is quite credible (note: these predictions are made a year in advance). The Old Farmer’s Almanac can also be found online at Of course, for those who want the print edition, go to your nearest grocery store, pharmacy, or bookstore for the Old Farmer’s Almanac. The Old Farmer’s Almanac comes in a national, southern, western, and Canadian editions. The Old Farmer’s Almanac costs $5.99. That’s a good deal!

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