Monday, August 31, 2015
ELMER TALKS ABOUT FARMER'S ALMANAC
As to why we always get it, is as Jean said one time: "that's the way we always do it." I think we all read it during the winter. Do we go by what it says? Sometimes we do and sometimes we don't.
There was a time, when most farmers used the Farmer's Almanac as the way they did their farming. You plant certain crops at a certain moon or day or whatever. That's why, I believe, the Amish and Old Order Mennonites have such sayings or folks wisdom, such as: A warm June brings an early harvest or plant potatoes on Good Friday or plant lettuce on St. Patrick's Day, and more. Some even believe in planting certain plants at certain times of the moon.
Albert, Jean's Grandfather, remembers when he was boy when most of the Old Order Mennonites did that as my Father told me when he was young about the Amish doing it. Albert said when he was young the Farmer's Almanac was like law. You did what it said.
They believed the weather by the Farmer's Almanac, too. But, I think things have changed for the most now. No, we don't have radios or televisions, but we still read the weather fore cast in the paper. The Farmer's Almanac isn's always right about the weather, but again, neither is the newspaper. Only God knows what the weather is going to be day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute.
Now all that said, do I do some of the traditions like plowing the first snow into the fields. Sure do, do it every year. Will it help the soil? I don't know, but I know it won't hurt it any. Do I like to plant the potatoes on Good Friday? Usually not all of them, but some of them. Are they better than the rest of the potatoes we plant later? Maybe it's all in the mind, but we think so. Is the lettuce any better we plant on St. Patrick's Day than the rest? Again, it might be our minds, but we think so.
Regarding the Farmer's Almanac for the 2016, it says it will be a hard winter like last year especially from January to the first half of March. Only time and the good Lord will show us if it true or not.
Trust God's Wisdom,