Dave here, enjoying the fall beauty, and thinking about chickens and eggs. My usual four-mile walk takes mepast a farm that is close enough to the road to get a good view of the cows, hogs, sheep, and chickens that roam around the pastures.Not all eggs are the same. Some are produced in egg “factories” where many thousands of hens live in small cages. Their lives consist of eating layer-mash, drinking water, and laying eggs. And that’s about it. We buy those eggs off the store shelves at a decent price. They taste alright and they work okay in recipes. We wouldn't even know that there is something much better out there - until we try farm-fresh eggs from chickens that run a ...
By: Jennifer Yoder
Growing up in Holmes County, Ohio’s Amish Country, I never fully appreciated just how lucky I was. Looking back, one of my favorite things to do was go to my grandma’s house on Saturday afternoon. The afternoons that I loved the most were the ones when we got in her jeep and traveled the few miles from Farmerstown to Charm, getting excited and pointing out all the horses along the way.
We would end up at a quaint little country shop called Millers Dry Goods. As a kid, I thought the store was a magical place. There were fabric and quilts of all kinds in all colors of the rainbow, buttons and all of the sewing and quilting notions imaginable. The quilts ...
By: LaVonne De Bois
As Spring arrives, so does the need to prepare for planting of crops. Farming among the Amish remains in the 8 - 10% range with regard to family occupations.
Recently I interviewed a New Order Amish farmer about farming methods. Even though Amish are allowed to utilize tractors on the farm for running equipment, some New Order may use tractors for fieldwork. That is not the norm, but demonstrates the extreme examples from one group to another.
Working in the field does not come easy. Amish men don't use equipment with comfortable seats and air-conditioned cabs. A straw hat and a cooler with water is as comfortable a ...
By: LaVonne De Bois
Fry Pies are as common as Horse and Buggies, especially in Ohio Amish Country, Holmes County. What is the difference between a good ole' fashioned slice of pie and a fry pie? For one, you don't need to eat it with a fork. Two; the Fry Pie is wrapped in a delicious thin crust with your favorite filling; and three, they are cheaper than a slice of pie. Fry Pies can be found in nearly every bakery or perhaps along the back roads at a family roadside stand. This half moon shaped dessert or snack has gained popularity but has been around for decades.
Recently my tourism friend, Loretta Coblenz from The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast ...