I usually go on Fridays and try to leave early. We take the Big Red Beast and pick up groceries along the way plus whatever else we need. I get most of my things direct from the farm.
I always take at least one of the older children along. When they were younger I used to take all of them along. That is where we got our first interest in farming and learned a lot of basic skills. The kids have gotten to help butcher, gather sap from maple trees, cut ice from the pond, milk both goats and cows and many other things. Now they have other things they would rather do than ride around in a car most of the day. I don't really blame them. I have gotten a lot busier through the years and many of the stops don't have anything for them to do.
|Amish farm- Old order|
|Amish School house|
|Old Order Barn and "Buggy Port"|
|Amish Old Order Farmhouse|
|Two Swans with their cygnet (aka 'the Ugly duckling')|
Can you see all three?
Picture taken on an amish farm.
There are huge differences in the lifestyles of the different amish groups. They range from the Swartzentrubers who still live like the days of "Little House" to the New New Order who live just like you, except they still drive a horse and buggy. We will look at some of the distinctions in future posts.