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We're taking a short trip to visit some Amish villages. Just wondering what kind of foodstuffs/homemaking items I should keep my eyes peeled for... we keep a stocked pantry, but I'm always looking to add more. TIA!
 

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Me, I'd be keeping a lookout for some handmade quilts.
 

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Where are you going? Tom in Lancaster, PA
 

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I agree, handmade quilts. I would also look for cookbooks, dried herbs, etc. that could be given as Christmas, birthdays etc gifts.
 

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How about looking for a place for me to ride along with you? LOL I am jealous, I would love to go to the Amish communities!
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We lived outside of Centreville Michigan which has a decent Amish community. I have been an Amish groupie all of my life...so living so near was a joy for me...but I was shocked to discover I was the only one in town who enjoyed seeing them. People complained that they smelled...their teenaged boys were out of control...it was a total bummer for me...but I still enjoyed living so close to them.
 

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HEX signs.....
i always wanted to ride down the street in an Amish buggie... do they sell rides?
 

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I would love to spend a coupla days in an Amish area; don't think I could begin to handle a lot of their primitive lifestyle (would hafta give up my computer) :( but they have always fascinated me. Their strong faith & forgiveness (think bout the forgiving spirit after the school massacre) demands utmost admiration IMHO. I had a trip planned to the northeast this week (bee convention in Deleware) & planned to spend a little time in Amish country but had to cancel; a construction project is several weeks behind due to the rain we had for weeks on end (just got the slab poured Thursday for my new shop; they started forming it up 4 weeks ago) & my mni donkey looked like she was bout to pop her baby; had it the 31st so just don't wanna leave town for 2-3 weeks right now. Anyway, does anyone know of a concentration of Amish within "reasonable driving distance" of central TX?

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deleted. I answered my own questions
 

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Hey.

Amish are big on sweets(jams,pies,etc.) and woodworking too. Antique sales are a big thing in some Amish communities. Quilts are a big money maker for the women.

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Look out for horse doo doo on the side of the road, and don't drive in it or you car will smell like doo doo.
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Thanks for the ideas, everyone. It's in southern Indiana north of Holiday World amusement park.

No quilts for me, though. Our decor is very modern and an Amish quilt would just totally clash. :)

I'll look out for the jams and jellies, as they are a favorite in this house. I'm interested in these HEX signs you guys are talking about... off to google about those.
 

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Unless I've just been unlucky the days are long gone when you find any kind of bargains in Amish areas. You could find then years ago.What you do find is wonderful quality.I usually bring home local made cheeses. Some of their hardware stores carry little old world things you can normally only find in the Vermont Country Store catalog.Yes you can get buggy rides but they are set up for tourists not with Amish folks themsleves.
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Hand-crafted cheese is one of my favorite trade items. Also the Amish make wine and beer. We buy our hops from an Amish neighbor here.
 

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vickiesmom said:
We lived outside of Centreville Michigan which has a decent Amish community. I have been an Amish groupie all of my life...so living so near was a joy for me...but I was shocked to discover I was the only one in town who enjoyed seeing them. People complained that they smelled...their teenaged boys were out of control...it was a total bummer for me...but I still enjoyed living so close to them.
What did the Amish smell like? Hay, sweat, herbs, horse poop? I'm curious.
 

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Look out for horse doo doo on the side of the road, and don't drive in it or you car will smell like doo doo.
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Beat me too it.
 

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I go to Amish country In Ohio alot.I take a cooler Number one.Then I go to the Bulk food stores to stock up on baking and canning goods.One item is clear gel for pie fillings.Spices and cookie baking supplies for holidays.You will want to take a pairing knife and club crackers to snack on cheese on the way home. :)
 

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It's in southern Indiana north of Holiday World amusement park.
Oh my word, HOLIDAY WORLD! LOL Is that still there?
I grew up in Eastern Kentucky and we would go there occasionally as a child. :)
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The Mennonite bulk food that we have gone to has good prices on spices, Jello, powdered cheese, and baking goods.
 
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