By Kevin Williams
We have a variety of Amish stories in the news this week, so let's get to it:
HORSE POOP: This issue crops up from time to time and I always think it is a waste of time, it just seems like such a non-issue. This is probably the first time, though, that I've ever heard anyone frame the issues in a way that makes some sense to me. A business owner in Wesbter County, Missouri basically makes the point: "If I'm out walking my dog and the dog poops in the street, will I get a ticket?" If the answer is "yes" then why aren't the Amish being held to the same standard? That is a powerful argument. Seymour, Missouri is one of the largest Amish settlements in the Show-Me-State and...SIGH, personally, I don't' think horse poop on the road is an issue but I think this guy is making a strong argument. Click here to read more.
WHITEFIELD MAINE'S AMISH POPULATION GROWING: The Bangor Daily News - one of my favorite newspapers - has taken a special interest in the Whitefield community over the past couple of years. Personally, I think there are other equally interesting settlements in Maine, but take a look here.
WHITEHALL, NEW YORK AMISH: The Amish population is growing outside of the town of Glens Falls, New York. Glens Fall is a charming town a the gateway to the state's Adirondacks (but I like Saratoga Springs better). Anyway, click here to read an update about the growing Amish population there.
COUNTRY LANE BAKERY: This northern Indiana Amish bakery doesn't get the headlines that Rise N Roll does, but it has its own devoted following. Sour cream cookies with brown butter icing , anyone? Read more about this place here.
MILLIE'S GROUND CHERRY AND PEACH SALSA: Check out Amish columnist Millie Otto's latest. Blech,I don't think this sounds good....but maybe I'm in the minority, click here for her peach and cherry salsa recipe.
COUNTY FAIR BLUE RIBBON DUTCH APPLE PIE: Dutch apple pie is really popular this time of year in Amish settlements, take a look at this blue ribbon winning one from Pennsylvania.
AMISH AUCTION DUTCH APPLE PIE: The above recipe isn't Amish, this one, though, is.....mmmmmm, a good Dutch apple pie with a scoop of ice cream, that is about as good as it gets! Click here for the recipe.