Sunday, November 1, 2009

AMISH TOUR

     Yesterday, I went on this great Amish Tour with my friend Brenda Miller. We had a great time.
We got to enjoy learning some of ways of Amish life. We visited several Amish farms where they gave people tours of the different things they did for a living. One farm we visited was  a Goat Farm where they milked 140 head of goats daily. There were around 300 goats including babies and goats that were not in the milk production. It was so interesting to see all the different breeds of goats. The people who lived there, had their drive shed set up for selling all kinds of wonderful baked goods, jams, jellies and hot apple cider. You could go for a horse drawn buggy ride too, but the weather was just a little too wet and cool for us. Their buggies are not covered. Of course we had to buy some of those homemade goodies to take home. I got some cookies and butter tarts for D.H.

Our next stop was a farm where they made chairs and we learned all of the different steps involved in the process. You just couldn't imagine...very complicated. Just seeing the tools that are involved in the process is really amazing. It was also nice to see Amanda, the Amish lady who taught my friends and I how to make bread last November. She took us into her home and taught us how to make bread from scratch and then we baked it in her wood cook stove. Bread couldn't taste better. Each of us got to take home a loaf. She was there selling her bread and handmade greeting cards and soap. Her husband has the chair making business and he also builds chimneys for people.

Another farm we visited had all kinds of handmade Quilts, Cedar Chests, and baked goods.
We also had to stop at the General store where they sold all kinds of wonderful fabrics for quilting as Brenda and I do lots of Quilting ourselves.

I have to mention the wonderful lunch we had in a town called New Hamburg. There is a new Restaurant in town called Phidelphias and we had the most wonderful Butternut Squash soup with herbed scones......to die for!!!! They must have had 500 types of tea which was included with lunch. I couldn't decide so I told our waiter to just pick one for me. He brought me cherry green tea which was just perfect and Brenda had Chai tea. We will definitely go back there.

Anyway, we had an amazing time this year as well as last and we were sorry to hear that this may be last year they will have this tour. I am so glad that we had the privilege of experiencing this.

2 comments :

  1. Your Amish tour sounded just wonderful! I know we enjoyed the Amish in Ohio so much this past spring, they have such a wonderful talent for natural living. Very skilled crafters too! I'm wondering what you bought for quilting fabric...anything for winter??

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  2. Hi there Nancy! Well, I must say they had so much fabric that it was hard to choose. I got some really nice homespuns and my friend Brenda got some nice flannels for a baby quilt she is making.
    The prices were great too. Prices were about 30 percent less than the Quilt Shops.

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