|Almanac Companion Newsletter
November 9, 2010
Indian Summer—November 11
Although there are differing dates for Indian summer, for more than 200 years The Old Farmer’s Almanac has adhered to the saying “If All Saints’ (November 1) brings out winter, St. Martin’s brings out Indian summer.” Indian summer can occur between St. Martin’s Day and November 20.
If we don’t have a spell of fine weather during that time, there’s no Indian summer. As for the origin of the term, some say that it comes from the early Native Americans, who believed that the condition was caused by a warm wind sent from the court of their southwestern god, Cautantowwit.
If the geese on St. Martin’s Day stand on ice, they will walk in mud at Christmas.
American traditions prevail in November with the arrival of cranberries, a native food with a long history. Try these recipes:
Decorate your front door, too! See How to Make a Cranberry Wreath.