Amish Country During The Pandemic
My husband and I took a much needed drive to Amish Country. We weren’t sure if any of our usual stops would be open and we didn’t care. It was so nice getting out of the house and we knew it would be a beautiful drive as it always is. It turned out the only place that wasn’t open was Smucker’s! Never would have guessed that since all they sell is food, like a grocery store. We were surprised that none of the Amish wore masks. I don’t know if it was against their religious beliefs or what but that made us a little uncomfortable.
Our first stop is always the Amish bulk food store where I buy my spices and seasonings. SCORE they even had yeast! There was a limit of one per person but that’s OK because you can’t find it anywhere in my area and it was a 1# bag.
Next we stopped at a roadside farm stand where we bought tomatoes to make BLT’s for supper the next day and zucchini for a few recipes.
They were selling beautiful flowers too.
Out in the pasture were horses grazing.
We drove up on this not knowing what the horses were pulling and why the horses were so far apart.
When we got closer it appeared to be some sort of equipment for the fields with four work horses pulling it.
It was such a gorgeous day and the horse and buggies were everywhere.
This is a typical Amish farm. Usually you see multiple family homes all on one property.
There are numerous schoolhouses in the back roads.
The fields had the straw drying that was stacked by hand.
We stopped at the Amish Door Restaurant. We were a little nervous with the virus but took our chances because it was 12:30 pm and we were getting hungry. They have a buffet and the way you got your food worked out well. They gave you a paper menu that you marked the food you wanted from the buffet. You gave the list to the waitress and the staff filled your plate then brought it to us, very well run!
Of course I had to stop at Kaufman’s bakery. I buy 4 Whoopie Pies (cookies) every time we go to Amish Country. Now of course I make my own, but this is my tradition to buy theirs.
Our last stop is Heini’s Cheese. Here we buy a lot of cheese, cheese curds and various sausage sticks.
Hopefully we will be able to come back in the fall when I swap out all of my spices and seasonings for new. Normally we visit Amish Country in the spring and fall but with the pandemic we had to skip spring this year.
If you have never been to Amish Country, you are missing out! The food is amazing as are their prices on their products. We don’t go in town to the shops as it is too touristy and we know the back roads from going so much. We love seeing the children walking home from school, the men working in the fields and the children and woman tending the gardens.
It was a fabulous day full of sunshine and a much needed trip out of town! I hope you enjoyed our adventure as much as we did.