By Kevin Williams
Have some interesting items to consider, laugh at, or swoon over in this week's "Amish Etsy."
GOURMET AMISH ZUCCHINI BREAD: Filled with raisins and nuts (that would probably disqualify it in my book, not a real fan of either) you can buy a huge loaf of zucchini bread from a baker in Pennsylvania. I'm not getting the vibe that she is Amish, just that she is using an Amish recipe, so that's kind of up to you to discern the authenticity. Click here to check it out!
HANDMADE CASSEROLE BASKET: This is a really nice piece made by Amish couple Amos and Barbie King in Paradise, PA (have to admit, I've never met an Amish woman named Barbie). Basket-making has become increasingly popular among the Amish and I think the craftsmanship shows here. Definitely would make a great Christmas gift for someone. Click here to take a look.
RED AMISH SCHOOL: This is a photo postcard of an Amish school in Lancaster County, around the town of Witmer, taking around 1970. I have to admit I've never ever seen a red Amish school. I've either seen white or brick over the years, so this would be somewhat unusual. Although perhaps this was more common years ago. Maybe we have someone who knows where this and can tell us a bit more of the backstory behind the red school. Does it still stand? Click here to see the photo.
AMISH HONEY: Not really sure what makes honey "Amish", I thought it had more to do with the bees that make it than the person, but perhaps I am wrong. I find the label rather curious, though. I doubt if the honey were authentically Amish made that you'd see a label like that....has anyone tried this honey before or seen it anywhere? Click here to get your very own jar.
IS THIS WOMAN AMISH? I highly doubt it...but click here to see the photo. I will admit that is is striking how much her clothing resembles the Amish of today, but I find it very unlikely an Amish woman would have posed for a photo like that. The only accompanying info about the photo is that it was taken in Nebraska in the 1910s. There was a very conservative Amish community in Nebraska in the 1910s, but, again, highly doubt one of them would have posed for a photo. Click here to see.
AMISH HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER: Okay, to clarify, this is not a "hummingbird feeder", but is a bird feeder in the shape of a hummingbird. An Amish family in Pennsylvania apparently makes these feeders (I say "apparently" because with Etsy you always should do your due diligence but I see no reason to doubt this claim in this case). I love this feeder with its pointed beak and beautiful color. Read more here!
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