A tour of Amish country – Long Prairie and points north and west

Part of the reason for our day trip route a few weeks ago was to look for Amish buildings. We love looking for them – because often the Amish will also have a home store or stand where we can buy baked goods or other hand-crafted or home-grown items. This trip did not fail us; we bought bread, pie, and candy. All healthy and all tasted wonderful.

This blog contains bits of Amish life – buildings, work, and transportation.

First we have photos of Amish homes. Note the large size of the homes with additions — all painted white. Out buildings are often painted red.



Below is a schoolhouse – small and serviceable to a rural neighborhood.


And an outbuilding –


Below is an Amish-run sawmill. It looks like they have been busy.


And then there is farming and haying  …



And finally, there is the preferred mode of transportation …


And the end of the day …


And there you have a quick glimpse of Amish life.

Thanks for reading. I hope you return. 

Other of my posts about Amish:




Another Amish Haystack dinner … fun as always

Last night was the monthly Amish Haystack dinner. It is held at the Borgholm Town Hall – about a half hour drive from our house. This is the third time we’ve attended. As in the past, we always find friends at the dinner that we haven’t seen for a long time. So, we enjoy the ‘haystack’ meal, we visit with friends, and we have a good time. What more can you ask?


Pals … these two have been at all of the dinners we attended. I hope they aren’t going to be Thanksgiving dinner.


This guy was behind a little shy.


The horses waiting to take the Amish workers home.


On the way home … the sky was gorgeous against the silhouette of the scenery and buildings.


Night is coming …

As always, THANKS for reading!

Eating a haystack …

In the last few weeks, we have been taking short drives, looking for Amish farms where they sell goods. 022

Just recently we saw an ad in the local paper for an Amish fundraiser – held the 2nd Friday of each month at the Borgholm Town Hall – where they raise money for their school by serving Amish haystacks. We had to give it a try.


When we arrived, the parking lot was about half-full. As we got out of the car, about twenty kids went running by. laughing and chasing one another – dressed in nicely pressed solid-colored dresses (and bonnets) for the girls and a solid-color shirt and black pants for the boys. The weather was on the cool side – 60 to 65 – but that didn’t see to bother the children, many of whom were barefoot.   103a

As we entered the building, before us were tables in a U-shape, piled full of food.The Amish women and older girls, wearing long solid color dresses and aprons with white bonnets, were lined up behind the tables, some filling the food containers, some doing dishes. While we were there, the women stayed behind the tables. The Amish men and older boys, wearing solid color shirts and hand-made black trousers, bused the tables and kept our coffee and water full.

One of the Amish men instructed us to take a plate, take as much as we want, and eat what we take – all in a friendly manner. To make a haystack, you start with either mashed potatoes or diced potatoes; then add whatever you like – hamburger, cubed ham, onions,  lettuce, carrots, various salad-type fixings, and then you cover it with a cheese sauce – which turned out to be delicious. One thing we learned – you put the potatoes in the middle of the plate – not on the side like we did – to build a bigger, better haystack. Of course, they were also serving dessert – many types of bars and home-made ice cream104.

As we ate, the Amish men checked often to see how we were doing. They were very friendly and, when we asked, they explained that they came to the area from Iowa and Missouri. As we ate, more and more people arrived and soon the line went well out the door. Before we could leave, however, we had to stop at the baked goods table and buy a loaf of bread and a container of chocolate covered cashew crunch – the bread for my husband, the candy for me. It was delicious. Do you see why we have been looking for Amish farms? I think we found the farm where they sell that candy! We are planning a visit to that farm and are going back next month to work on our haystack-building skills. I can’t wait!