Let's check out this week's Amish in the News, some interesting stuff.
STAYING AT AN AMISH FARM: I am so happy to see this article because I feel like the consumer demand or staying at an Amish farm is there and I glad some Amish are willing to fill it. There are an increasing number of Amish hosts willing to open up their farms to outsiders for a restful stay, or perhaps, a "working stay." Here is an excerpt of the article:
Each Lancaster farm stay is different depending on location and time of year. The sunrise crow of a rooster may wake guests in time to help milk the cows and bottle-feed the calves before the breakfast bell starts clanging. The table may be laden with fresh eggs and milk; homemade sausage; fruit from the orchard; and just-out-of-the-oven bread, muffins, and cinnamon rolls. Guests might have the chance to play with baby goats and bunnies, go on a farm tour, collect eggs, take a spin on the tree swing, or just relax next to the garden. What’s constant: no pandemic fears of overcrowding or being cooped up indoors.
Man, after this crazy year, a farm stay like that sounds very appealing. Click here.
DUTCHCRAFTERS: Read a super interesting article about our friends at Dutchcrafters, one of the sponsors of Amish365.com The article describes how the business began and it really does tap into a network of authentic Amish artisans who make the furniture by hand. Click here to read more.
AMISH WEDDING SEASON: Its here - at least in some parts of the country. So keep an eye out on the road for buggies. Click here to read more.
MENNONITES IN VERMONT: I loved this article almost as much as staying at an Amish farm. First, I just didn't know that there was a conservative Mennonite church like this in Vermont. So whenever I can learn something new, I'm in...but the writing and mission of the article was pitch perfect as well. Here's an excerpt as the writer describes a visit to the Market Wagon, a typical Amish-Mennonite bulk food store and bakery:
Inside, hymns play quietly from a CD player. Women in head coverings and long dresses and lately, cloth face masks, bustle behind a sandwich counter. The shelves and deli case carry groceries from small suppliers — cheese from Maplebrook Farm in North Bennington, jars of peaches and pickled eggs from Amish Weddings in Ohio. Above a display of maple syrup, two sayings are stamped across blocks of wood: “Coffee: It’s always a good idea” and “With God all things are possible.”
Sounds like a peaceful, bucolic community, you can click here to read the whole article which focuses on how the settlement has weathered the pandemic. You can click here to learn about Amish in Vermont.