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.

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Other of my posts about Amish:




Once home …

On our recent road trip, we found an abandoned homestead. At least we think it was abandoned … but the barn may have been in use – based on the barnyard smells.

As we looked forward (parked in the end of the driveway, just off the narrow township road, we saw the house on a knoll — still commanding a grand presence, in a perfect setting – surrounded by full growth trees. The multi-roofed structure is typical of large farm homes, complete with the enclosed porch. A garage structure, now absent the windows, is attached to the house and open to the elements. I wonder what time has done to the inside of the house. I wonder what stories it can tell. I can visualize young children running across the knoll, perhaps flying a kite or playing tag. I imagine a woman hanging clothes on the clothes line. I imagine picnics on the lawn. What do you imagine?


The barn on the site is starting to deteriorate (but may still be functional). It still has great character – with broken or open windows, missing boards, and weathering.




This blog ends the posts of buildings from our recent road trip – well, almost. The upcoming Amish blog has a few buildings.


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

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Just off the freeway … cheese and breeze


On our way home from the Herrshner’s Warehouse Sale (in Stevens Point, Wis.), we stopped in Thorp, Wisconsin – in search of cheese curds. The cheese store is at the Penterman Farm, whose cows provide the milk for the Marieke Gouda cheese that is served and sold on the site.


030e.jpgThe site is much more than a farm and a cheese store. You can book or take a self-guided tour of the farm. On their web page, it states that the cheese is made within five hours of milking. Check it out HERE

There are children’s activities  … such as the self propelled go-karts and vehicles or you can jump and jump and jump …


051e.jpgYou can have lunch or dinner, either inside or outside …


Outside was absolutely beautiful … with a nice breeze, under a bright orange umbrella …


And the food was wonderful and priced very affordably. And, of course, included cheese curds …


And you can shop for gifts and cheese products.


The back area where they keep the freshly made cheese

Or you can people watch … I would guess there is an Amish community nearby.


How can you pass up dill pickle flavored chap stick?


If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend a visit.

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