Beautiful Berne…

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I’ve spent a lot of time in the Berne-Geneva, Indiana Amish settlements over the years.  The original Amish Cook, Elizabeth Coblentz, lived in the area, so I was a regular visitor to that area for over a decade.  Berne’s Amish community is hallmarked by their unique Swiss customs: a different dialect than other Amish, yodeling, open-roof buggies, and food marked with a Swiss flair.  I passed through the Berne area at sunset the other day and the pastoral, bucolic countryside was bathed in blush of red and purple. Amish homes outside of Berne, like the one above, are generally the very classic two-story white clapboard variety, usually surrounded by a few outbuildings, a barn, and often a windmill which powers a water-pump.  When I was there the other evening a rain shower had just settled the dust and the evening sun had just burst through the clouds.  Lots of buggies were out and about with Amish who have lived in this area for generations going about their business or visiting. Enjoy these sunset scenes:

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The Discussion

  1. Linda Clark says:


    A story in pictures, how lucky to have been there :)

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  2. Linda from KY says:


    Those pictures are so beautiful! Did I spy a rainbow in the last one? Also, I can’t remember the last time I paid just $1.00 for a dozen eggs!

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    • Kentuckylady717 says:


      Kroger, Save-a-Lot, Walgreen and lots of places have eggs for a dollar a doz. just gotta watch the sales :)

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      • BUT the “freshness” factor may be suspect! Nothing like farm-fresh!!!-)

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      • No $1/dozen eggs in these parts – sale or no sale!

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      • Linda from KY says:


        I shop at Kroger. Right now they’re on sale for $1.25/dozen. Not every Kroger store carries the same prices. I don’t go to Save-a-Lot because the store here is so dirty that I’m wary of buying any food there.

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  3. Wish I knew where the $1.00 a dozen eggs are. I live close enough that I’d definitely go check it out.

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  4. linda fennell says:


    I have read this column for so many years I can’t count them. If you are watching ads to buy eggs you are missing the point. Reading this is like reliving earlier happier days

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  5. Dawn Kirk says:


    It’s an old picture-we buy our eggs for $4 a dozen at a non Amish farm-we like to see the brown,green,blue,& white,even pink shells-plus the chickens are treated well ,roaming around pecking.

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  6. Lisa T. says:


    I agree, if you’re looking to find cheaper eggs, your missing the point of the photo. Scenes like these are priceless, unexpected pleasures in our busy lifestyle we live. Thank you for allowing a walk down memory lane for a bit.

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    • Linda from KY says:


      I made an offhand comment about the eggs that just grew into something I hadn’t intended. I commented on the beauty of the pictures first, and was NOT seeing this as an ad for how to buy eggs. Thanks for the slap.

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  7. I love Berne and go up there as much as I can the cheese shop is wonderful and the quilt shop is a treat to shop in

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