This photo is by David Leaming of the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, Maine. The photo depicts Edward Kulp holding onto buckets filled with maple sap as he and his horse, Truzy, descend a steep hill with their wagon near the town of Unity on Saturday.
Amish farmer Edward Kulp keeps a hold on buckets filled with maple sap as he and his horse Truzy and wagon descend a steep hill in a field off Ward Hill Road in Unity on Saturday. Kulp said the sap runs have been good so far, considering the early season.
Unity is a rather interesting Amish settlement. It's very small and closely aligned with Amish communities in Smyrna, Maine; Aylmer and Lindsey, Ontario, and Mendon, Michigan. The Amish men, as pictured above, have mustaches (a custom I've not seen anywhere else), worship in a church building, and live a bit less insular than other Amish. I'll be posting a video soon of my visit to the Unity community last year and we'll have a nice selection of photos and recipes in our book next year, Amish Cooks Across America.
Interestingly,while I can't claim to know every single surname in the Amish church, Kulp is not one that I've run across before. And the first name Edward is not very common.
Susan did a great job writing the Amish column. I love horses but don't ride them. I tried once and the mean horse tried to bite my leg, never got on one again. I will pet them but love them still.