Thursday, July 11, 2013

Amish in New York-

    Did you know that there are Amish in New York State? One such place is, Stone Arabia, near Palatine Bridge, NY in Montgomery County.
    These are of a conservative Old Order sect (Byler and Andy Weaver Amish.) 
    My husband and I drove to the area, and sure enough we were in Amish country. You can tell which farm homes are Amish - the ones that have no wiring attached to the utility poles!
     Here's where you'll see homes with clotheslines set up and clothes drying in the breeze. A buggy or two parked by a barn. Amish girls walking barefoot in the fields, and a farmer  baling hay into the hay loft. And don't be surprised if a buggy passes your car and the Amish driver tips his hat to you.
    The buggies in this area are brown rather then the black seen in PA. Also, the girls wear brown bonnets over their kapps (it was a chilly autumn day.) The children in this pic had just gotten off a school bus. They are carrying their lunch pails which are basically small coolers.
      The faces of the children are blurred, out of respect for the Amish and their rules about being photographed. But you can still see the brown bonnets and colors of the clothing worn. 
   There weren't any gift shops or Amish eateries to be seen - no tourist crowds as there are in Lancaster, PA. Just quiet country roads with rolling pastures and farmland.
     It's apparent that most of the selling of Amish goods is done directly from the homes. There are signs placed on the property of the residence near the road, letting potential buyers know what they have for sale, such as quilts, breads, pies, hand made furniture, etc. We saw one for harnesses...a wooden sign with hand painted writing.
     Planning on visiting again real soon. Now that summer is here, am curious to see if there are any farm stands around. Stay tuned...
    Following is a great post on Amish America of a family's visit to Stone Arabia, with wonderful photos and additional info about the area. http://amishamerica.com/amish-new-york-mohawk-valley/

Amish Recipe of The Month:
Church Peanut Butter
    This is so named because it is often served at the common meal following church services. It's simple fare and can satisfy many, easily smeared on thick slices of grain bread. It can be drizzled over ice cream, used as a dip for apple wedges or for doughy bread pretzels.
    Some make their church peanut butter with corn syrup, while others prefer the taste of molasses or even pure maple syrup. Here are two good recipes...
#1- 16 oz. smooth peanut butter - 1 1/2 cups Karo light corn syrup - 1 1/2 cups Marshmallow cream - 1/4 cup hot water.
Mix all ingredients together well until nice and creamy.
#2- 3/4 cup of sugar - 3/4 cup brown sugar - 1/2 cup molasses - 1 cup water - 1 18 oz. jar smooth peanut butter - 1 8oz. jar marshmallow cream. Mix all together until creamy.
NOTE: If you are allergic to peanuts, you can use almond butter instead. And if you are a vegan, be aware that marshmallow fluff has egg whites in. You can make your own 'fluff' by melting regular marshmallows, in the microwave for a few seconds.
Enjoy!

Amish Recommended Read of The Month:
     Ever read an Amish novel?  There are so many to chose from. It's a popular genre, so they're easy to find on Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. Libraries carry some also. The stories are wholesome, revolving around faith, romance, and the Plain way of life. Most have the added bonus of a mystery entwined in the story as well.
Try: Surrendered Love - by Laura V. Hilton  OR  
Fields of Corn (The Amish of Lancaster - Book 1) by Sarah Price
Both authors have a good number of Amish fiction published, so if you like either of these, you can read more by the same author. Some Amish novels are even offered free or for .99 cents in the Kindle version from time to time.

Current TV Amish Shows:
     Breaking Amish -on TLC Sunday night 7p.m. and 10p.m.EST  - For info and show schedules, go to the following web site:  http://m.tlc.com/tv/breaking-amish/videos/kate-vs-everybody
Note: I am not advocating this show as one based on truths regarding the Amish culture. I mention it more for entertainment. I'll leave the authenticity for the experts.

A Word About Amish Words
     The Amish speak English but they use the Pennsylvania German language - referred as Pennsylvania Dutch, among themselves. If you'd like detailed info on the language - here is a good source from wikipedia: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennsylvania_German_language
A few Words for the Month :   jah or yah (yes.)  nee or nein (no) Goedemorgen (Good Morning)    Goede nacht (Good Night)
Expression of the month: Outen the light (Turn the light off.)