Nick Names

Years ago, Amish people named their babies John and Daniel and Samuel and Susie and Mary and Sadie and Lydia. Often babies were named after a grandfather or grandmother or aunt or uncle. As a result, many Amish people have the same names. To help differentiate among...

Grandma’s Bread

A piece of my Amish Grandma’s bread was one of the brightest memories of my childhood. It was pure white with a soft crust that didn’t seem like a crust at all. I felt like I was biting into a cloud. To make it even more heavenly, I would spread it with butter and...

Drive-Through Milk

If someone would ask me what my favorite Lancaster County food is, I would have my answer in a second: Lapp Valley Farm’s Butter Brickle ice cream. Made with cream from Jersey cows, it is the richest, creamiest ice cream I have ever tasted. Crunchy toffee bits mixed...

Amish Buggies

“How do Amish people tell their buggies apart?” a tourist asked one day. What a great question! Many Sunday mornings, I see a yard full of buggies at an Amish person’s house where they are gathered for church. The buggies all look identical. I asked Amish and ex-Amish...

Antique Wonderland

I had heard about a barn filled with antiques on an Amish farm, so this week I set out to find it. But I almost missed the tiny “Antiques” sign at the end of the lane. I drove in the long lane to a typical Amish homestead with various-sized buildings scattered here...

Wooden Things

When I was about ten years old, my Amish grandmother and grandfather gave me a handsome tiny treasure chest for Christmas. A talented carver must have carved the intricate pattern on the lid of the chest. Likely Grandpa bought it at Ten Thousand Villages, which was a...