By Kevin Williams
MENNONITE MURDER: First a troubling story out of New Mexico. A young Mennonite woman and Sunday school teacher disappeared earlier this year. Weeks later her body was found hundreds of miles away. Now they have an arrest, but the motive is still missing...just a tragic and sad story. Click here to learn more.
The theme the past few weeks is that the Amish and Mennonites are just as much impacted by the COVID-19 crisis as everyone else. They are losing lives and commerce to it like everyone else and the media has been staying on top of the Amish angle.
CHEESE ONLINE: NPR featured an article and story recently about an Amish cheesemarker in New York who has had to move his business online even though he doesn't have the internet. This type of Amish "co-opting" of the internet has actually been occurring for a long time and it is a helpful arrangement for Amish merchants to get their wares out to the world. Click here to read more.
The farmer they interviewed is an Amish farmer who owns Mountainview Dairy, you can buy his cheese directly here.
MENNONITES IN ONTARIO: This is an article in a local Ontario newspaper just describing how local Mennonites are dealing with COVID-19's impacts. Church has moved to the telephone and businesses are shuttered. Click here.
MILLIE OTTO: Let's check in with Amish columnist Millie Otto...I found it interesting the mention she made of someone coming to her house to "spray for dandelions." Many Amish would consider them a spring treat and gather them for jellies or salads. Anyway, her recipe was also intriguing...canning rhubarb is not something that I have found to be all that common among the Amish. I don't think it holds up the best in canning, so I was interesting to see her recipe and technique for doing it, click here for the column and recipe!
DOLLY PARTON'S DOLLYWOOD FRIED CHICKEN: Okay, not Amish, but I saw this on a newswire and couldn't resist sharing it with you. Who doesn't love Dolly? She has had a "bedtime stories" series on YouTube during this Pandemic and I have watched a couple of them with Aster and she has really enjoyed them. I didn't realize Dolly was known for her chicken also, but if she's involved with it, it must be good. Count me as a fan. Click here for the recipe!