Grandpa didn’t read just anything. He didn’t have time. If he couldn’t gain information from reading material, he didn’t read it. He kept exactly three subscriptions, a newspaper, a magazine, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Every year, my grandfather would sit at the breakfast table with the newest almanac, checking to see what was expected. Only once a year did I ever see grandpa read at the table when there was a meal it. When I was about 9 years old I asked him about it. I must have been 10 years old. I asked him about it and he explained the purpose of almanacs. He said they predict the weather and tell when to plant things. He also told me that the weather predictions weren’t accurate, but to be fair, no weather predictions were accurate in 1966. It was a source of information about what to expect over the next 12 months. As soon as he went out to feed the cows, I picked it up to see what was in it. While I didn’t “need” the information at that time in my life, I knew eventually I would want an almanac of my own.
I’ve been reading the 2013 southern edition. Some of the articles are for the whole country, while some information is for this region. There are recipes and articles on a variety of topics. The charts on tides and phases of the sun and moon are a handy. Should TSHF and we have no technology to use to get information important to fishing and food production. This magazine has something for everyone. From farming to fishing and more, this annual publication is worth the small price of $5.99. If you are serious about being prepared, it is important to consider getting The Old Farmer’s Almanac every year.