Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Day Trip to the Amish

Yesterday, Russ, young Jordan and I broke away from our "40".

It was the perfect day to pick up our processed pork, an hour south of us.

We had been stalling on the trip, our schedule determined by the flow of sap.

But the maple syrup season has come to a close.
The last drops were made into candy, much to the delight of this child.

No more picnics by the sap pan this year. 

Projects such as Jordan's hammock roof were put on hold for a day.

We don't often leave.
But when we do,
I love to travel on M-66 to Lake City, Marion, McBain, Falmouth.

Russ knows, if we didn't live in Mancelona, it would be in this farm country. 

Simply put, I love it.

And so do the Amish.

We visited two stores.  An Amish-run grocery store.
Notice the horse-drawn vehicle sign...

And an Amish General Store.

We saved many dollars on snaps for our kennel, riding (horse) gloves,
and Jordan was thrilled to find a wooden ax handle. 
(I thought he looked cute in an Amish hat...) 
I perused Amish school books and purchased Bible study/quiz cards,
which we put to good use on the way home. 
Russ knows his Bible!

Next stop Ebels.

We picked up pork.  2 pigs.  Pigs we raised from their infancy. 
Hams, chops, Maple bacon, Maple sausage, cheesy brats, the list is endless.
Full truck bed.
And a wonderful lunch "to go" from Duane's Restaurant.
Great homemade food, to be devoured on the ride home.
Along with their homemade bread, cinnamon rolls, and such. 
Our truck was filled to capacity.  But no one minded sharing our space with the goodies. 
Not even Zip.

When you leave home, but visit like-minded folks, you come back home refreshed,
knowing you are on target with life.

A simple life.

Last night confirmed it,
as the 3 of us devoured grilled ham, mac and cheese, corn, mellon, and more.

Until tomorrow, God willing.


goatmilker said...

Looks like a great day. I love going to the amish stores. We had a man from Mancelona come down and buy some boar goats from us. Have a good day Rebekah

Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

Rebekah ~ we have a 100% registered Boer goat. Perhaps our paths will cross some day. Ditto on loving the Amish stores.

Treasures Evermore said...

Loved the post...you wrote it in such a way that I felt I was travelling with you.


Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

Thanks Connie ~:)

Farmchick said...

We also have Amish and Mennonite stores that we use frequently. Wonderful to do business with honest people.

OurCrazyFarm said...

Sherry~ You have such a way with words and pictures. Beautiful! And so soothing to my soul:) Since Trent's accident we have used the words "Lord willing" with a whole different meaning and understanding. It was like reading words from God to see them here again on your posts:)) Every one of your pictures is gorgeous~ they capture so much and each tell their own story. Thanks for sharing! Terri

Life of a plainlady said...

Really like your pictures and commentary. I used to live in Manton so know the area to a certain degree.

Sherry Sutherby http://russ-stickacres.blogspot.com/ said...

I so agree FC. The honesty is refreshing. Terri ~ what can I say? Your words soothe me, as much as you say my words soothe you. Thank you for all the kind comments. Ironic, just today we were explaining "Lord willing" to the 12 year old who is visiting us. LOAP ~ thank you...yes ~ Manton isn't far from where I was referencing. Thanks for the visit on my Blog.