By Kevin Williams
Springfield, Missouri is a decent-sized town in the southwest part of the state. I've been there a couple of times over the years. The name of the local paper is the Springfield News-Leader and years and years ago the features editor expressed interest in running The Amish Cook column. But in what became a years-long "cat and mouse" game the editor always said he was "interested" in the column but then kept putting it off. It was annoying and I eventually came to the conclusion that he just didn't want to tell me "no" but that he never really intended to subscribe to the column. Annoying.
One time I was in Springfield, Missouri to do an interview on a morning news show to talk about one of our cookbooks. I couldn't find the TV station. This was in the days before GPS and cell phones and I just remember driving all over the city at 5 a.m. trying to find the station in the dark. I think I eventually found it with about 2 minutes to spare. Fun times.
The Plain population outside of Springfield, Missouri has grown a lot since those days. Webster County has long-had an Amish community, but there are newer ones cropping up through the area and there is a really interesting sounding settlement of Old Order Mennonites near the town of Lead Mine. Somone shared this article with me on Facebook and I just realized the article is four years old. Oh well. Still an interesting read with some great photos. Click here!