In 1988 I became acquainted with many dear Amish folks in the Canton and Harmony area in southeastern Minnesota. Over the years I have continued to visit one dear Amish lady, Lovina, who runs a little general store on her farm. Her little store is very interesting. One can buy fresh, harvested honey, home-made jam, parts for kerosene lamps, Amish coloring books, large bags of powdered jello, soaps, stainless steel frying pans, knives, red-hot cinnamon jaw breakers (fireballs), Amish community cookbooks, fly tape, herbal medicines, Amish pasta, cheese, oatmeal, fresh eggs, etc.
Three weeks ago I wrote to Lovina to ask if she was going to be home today and if her store would be open. About a week later, I got a very nice note from her letting me know she would be there and would be happy to see me. [The Amish don't use electricity and have no phones. Their lives are so different from ours. Women and men work all day long on their farms. Young children and old are expected to pitch in. Most have big gardens. Many of the men make furniture to sell - beautiful furniture. The women quilt, bake, weave baskets, wash clothes which they hang on clothes lines to dry. They respect Sundays as a day of rest. There is much more I could mention, but just wanted to give a glimpse.]
Today we stopped at 6 farms - each with a store. I'm excited about a new two-step stool I bought.