Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Meteorological Fall!

Old Farmer's Almanac 1793 cover
The Old Farmer's Almanac
the 1818 Farmers' Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Sept. 1 is Meteorological Fall. Although it doesn't feel as though Fall has really arrived since the trees still have their greenery, it's still a hint that the season will change in a few short weeks. Astronomical Fall, which is marked by the Autumn equinox, is more widely regarded as the beginning of the true Fall season; certainly it'll be colder then. But there's still something more mathematically fitting about starting anything at the beginning of the month. This is the time of year I look forward to receiving my copies of the Old Farmer's Almanac as well as the Farmers' Almanac - I enjoy reading them both. Each one contains similar content, mostly weather and astronomical information for planting, as well as household and personal advice. I always wondered which was the real Farmers' Almanac and it really depends on the where one is from I suppose. The Old Farmer's Almanac is the oldest publication since it began in 1792 and has been continuously published ever since. It is headquartered in New England which gives it a Yankee sensibility. The Farmers' Almanac has been around since 1818, no spring chicken either! It is published in New Jersey, which maybe has a less regional feel to it. But they're both useful, nostalgic, and comforting to read; they've been around for all these decades and hopefully will continue dispensing their wit and wisdom for decades to come.

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