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What We Read Before Google

Everything old is new again. Vinyl is back. Vintage is back. Farm to table, moon phases, and helpful hints are just a few of the tidbits you can find within these pages. I bet you thought the Farmer’s Almanac was no more, didn’t you?

In the last quarter of 2018, I picked up the 2019 edition. This book has stood the test of time and as mentioned in last week’s post, it is the picture of adaptability. It is available at bookstores and grocery stores and in keeping up with the ages it has a website as well.

Colorful pages. Stories and anecdotes. Want to know the best times to plant, how many cups are in an ounce, how many kilometers are in a mile, or how to create buttermilk from what you already have in your fridge or pantry? Check the Farmer’s Almanac.

Want to know the best times to plant what and when? Interested in how the moon phases and tides affect the weather, your mood, and so on? Want to know what the names of the Full Moons are and the meanings behind them? Do you follow your star signs? There is something for nearly everyone in these pages. Its roots are in the past, but since its founding in 1792, it has grown wings.

One of my favorite parts of this book is the invitation to come visit them at their office. If you’re in the Northeast, the publishing house for the Farmer’s Alamanac is located in Dublin, NH. While we’re often offered the chance to connect via social media, here is a book which wants to connect offline and in person. This is their legacy. This is what we read before Google and is still available for research and knowledge today.

Straddle time and check out the latest edition of the Farmer’s Almanac. If you can, get the printed version, but you can also visit them online at

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© Lisa Street Rogers 2018
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