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The family is the most important social unit in the Amish culture. Large families with seven to ten children are common. Chores are clearly divided by sexual role in the Amish home - the man usually works on the farm, while the wife does the washing, cleaning, cooking, and other household chores. There are exceptions, but typically the father is considered the head of the Amish household. German is spoken in the home, though English is also taught in school. Amish marry Amish - no intermarriage is allowed. Divorce is not permitted in the Amish lifestyle and separation is very ...
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"How do the Amish live?"

Read our comprehensive guide to why the Amish live the way they do. We offer a list of informative articles to help you understand their culture, and way of life.





It’s time for morel mushrooms! Spring rains and hot, humid days bring out the annual fungi that are so delicious simply sautéed in butter.

These springtime delicacies are worth their weight in gold. Well, maybe not gold, but definitely silver. Elusive and a challenge to find, morel mushrooms are a springtime delight that brings out the most determined hunters.

At the weekly Farmerstown auction, bidders were vying against one another to the tune of $70 per pound. While that seems like a high price to pay, consider what it takes to hunt for these tiny morsels. Often climbing over uneven, muddy terrain, traversing around or over ...
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Presenting bloggers from area businesses to keep you informed regarding events and more at their businesses and throughout Amish Country.





Bruce Stambaugh

The staff at Homestead Furniture, 8233 SR 241, Mt. Hope, has some excellent furniture care ideas to share.

Cleaning recommendations

We recommend using a soft cotton cloth to wipe the furniture. Dip the cloth in a simple solution of two to four ounces of white vinegar or a mild detergent like dishwasher soap diluted in a half gallon of water. Wipe any excess moisture with a dry, soft cotton rag,

The use of furniture polish is not necessary given the sealer coat on your hardwood pieces. However, if you do want to use furniture polish, we strongly recommend Guardsmen® products, which can be ...
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