Capper's Farmer

Capper's Farmer

Summer 2020
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Want to rediscover what made grandma’s house the fun place we all remember? Capper’s Farmer updates the tried-and-true methods your grandparents used for cooking, crafting, gardening and so much more.

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United States
Ogden Publications, Inc.
Back issues only
6,19 €(IVA inc.)

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2 min.
community buzz

All About Zinnias www.CappersFarmer.com/Zinnias Zinnias are warm-weather annuals that are members of the Asteraceae family, more commonly known as the aster or sunflower family. This is the largest singular grouping of flowering plants in the world. With more than 1,500 genera and nearly 25,000 species, familiar examples include not only the patriarch sunflowers and asters, but also daisies, marigolds, coneflowers, chrysanthemums, dahlias, black-eyed Susans, dandelions, thistles, and, of course, zinnias. All are characterized by having flower parts arranged in a circle or star pattern, hence the family name “aster,” the Greek word for “star.” Zinnia blossoms are complex. Each blossom isn’t a single flower at all, but instead a tight assemblage of multiple flowers called “ray flowers” and “disk flowers.” Ray flowers are the conspicuous petals that are arranged in an outer whorl.…

2 min.
editor’s note

AS I write this letter, many of us at Ogden Publications are working from home, in an effort to keep us, as well as those who have to be in the office, safe and healthy. Hopefully as you’re reading this, things have settled down and are well on the way to getting better. Right now, though, I think we’re all trying to find the “good” in being stuck at home and having to distance ourselves from family and friends. So, here are a few positive things I’m discovering during this difficult situation. Because I don’t have a 1½-hour commute now, and because my internal clock gets me up at the same time as I got up to get ready for work (but now I don’t have to pack a lunch or…

1 min.
country critters

Share Your Photos ... Send us photos of your pets and livestock, and we just might feature them in a future issue of the magazine. Be sure to identify the subjects in the photos, and include a few details, such as the age, breed, name, quirky habits, etc., of the animal. Include your full name and mailing address in the correspondence, and if we use your photos, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which they appear. Email photos (JPEG files, 300 dpi), as attachments (not embedded in the email), to TSmith@CappersFarmer.com.If emailing more than one photo, please attach only one photo per email, as the photo files will be large. NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of our staff is not in the office at this time, so…

2 min.
rural free delivery

Scent Memories Cheryl Wipperman Marshall, Minnesota I enjoyed reading Rebecca Martin's "Scent of the Cellar" (Editor's Note) in the Fall 2019 issue of Capper's Farmer, and it inspired me to share the memory of my favorite scent. Lilacs bring back wonderful memories of spending every June at my aunt and uncle's farm in Minnesota when I was growing up. They had a beautiful place, with several lilac bushes that were in full bloom when we arrived. It was a long drive from Fort Bliss, Texas, but I was excited, so I'd stay awake and watch the scenery change from sand and desert to farmland. When I started smelling alfalfa, I knew we were getting close. The farm was a child's paradise, with ponies, chickens, kittens, baby lambs, lots of pastures to ride in or run…

3 min.
the good ol' days

Farm Crops Destroyed Mary Worley Azalea, Oregon We lived on a farm during the Depression era, where we raised cattle, grain, hay, chickens, and a garden. Crops in general looked promising, just right for a grasshopper invasion. It was 1936, and my husband and I were newly married. Medium-sized, brown grasshoppers came in droves, cleaning fields quickly with their voracious appetites. I remember seeing a large field of tall corn devoured in less than a week. Alfalfa was another favorite crop for them. Men worked long hours to put crops in silos to save all they possibly could. Apples and peaches were eaten from the trees, and holes were eaten in clothing as it hung on the line. Harnesses and pitchforks had to be put inside, as sweat attracted the grasshoppers' appetites, as well. Farmers…

1 min.
true pioneer stories ...

Back in 1955, a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly magazine, asking readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters poured in from early settlers and their children, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many letters were received, in fact, that a decision was made to create a book. In 1956, the first My Folks title — My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon — hit the shelves. Nine other books followed in the My Folks series, all of them filled with true tales from our readers. What you see on this page are stories, or portions of stories, that were printed decades ago, without any fact checking, meaning that all the details may not be accurate, but…