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NATIONAL SEED SWAP DAY – Last Saturday in January

NATIONAL PEANUT BRITTLE DAY National Peanut Brittle Day is observed on January 26. A hard, flat candy confection, peanut brittle is enjoyed throughout the United States. Peanut Brittle includes caramelized sugar or corn syrup. Nuts are added to the molten sugar and then pour onto a flat surface such as granite or marble and smoothed into a thin sheet. The candy cools into a hard, brittle treat that is broken into smaller pieces. Some of the best brittles are hand stretch into a thin, easily cracked candy that melts in the mouth. The history of peanut brittle is uncertain, though one legend says it was all a mistake. The story goes that a southern woman was making taffy and instead of using cream of tartar, she used baking soda by accident. HOW TO OBSERVE Try this peanut brittle recipe: Mom's Best Peanut Brittle recipe. Use #PeanutBrittleDay to post on social media. HISTORY Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Peanut Brittle Day.  


The seed swap is a fundamental part of human history. Seeds were one of the first commodities valued and traded. Today, modern gardeners collect and exchange seeds for many reasons ranging from cultivating rare, heirloom varieties to basic thrift. The exchange of seeds perpetuates biodiversity. It is an act of giving and the ultimate form of recycling.
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Exchange seeds with friends, attend a local seed swap or help organize one. Use #NationalSeedSwapDay to post on social media.


The first annual Washington Gardener Magazine Seed Exchange was held in Washington, DC, on January 26, 2006. Kathy Jentz, the editor/publisher of the magazine had the last Saturday of January named an official holiday and National Seed Swap Day was born. After that event’s success, seed swaps in other cities across the nation have joined in celebrating National Seed Swap Day each year on (or around*) the last Saturday in January.

Submitted by guest columnist Kathy Jentz

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