The most common sight in an Amish community is the horse and buggy. It marks distinctively the separation of the Amish community from the rest of the world who uses the automobile for every day transportation.


The buggy varies with the group and reflects how conservative the community is. The more conservative the community the more austere the buggy is, the more stocky the horse is. For instance, the Swartzentruber Amish, the most conservative of groups, will use a wooden wheeled buggy with steel bands that touch the road. The side curtains will be manually rolled up and tied. The ...
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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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Nancy Lembke

There is an art to making wheat shocks like those pictured here.


Just before the grain is fully ripe, the farmer cuts and binds the long stems of wheat straw into individual bundles. If you look closely, you can see that each shock is made up of several bundles. 


As the wheat is cut by the horse-drawn grain binder, the individual bundles are dropped on the ground. The following day each bundle is picked up by hand and six or seven are stood together, each leaning to hold the others upright. Then a cap bundle is carefully bent in half ...
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