New Stop on the Amish Tour

We added an extra stop on our Amish tour this week. An Amish family had requested us to stop at their farm, but it was difficult to get in so many stops in one tour. We decided to change the tour occassionally and make the stop. The Amish family is so grateful for our visits. This Amish couple have eight children; five boys and three girls. The youngest is 15 years old and such a sweet girl. The family offers garden produce. One day they picked 125 quarts of strawberries and sold them all, as strawberries are high in demand this time of year. Today they had fresh broccoli and beets available for sale. They also have eggs, homemade baskets, candles, and a few antiques.

A family visiting from Thailand came along on our tour today. Their daughter had married a young man from the Twin Cities. They came to Lanesboro for the day to show them a small midwestern town and the Amish culture. It is amazing to meet so many people from around the world that go on our tours.

Blueberry Rhubarb Breakfast Sauce

I’m finally getting around to posting the recipe for Blueberry Rhubarb Breakfast Sauce that a guest on our tour had requested. This is great on pancakes, waffles, toast, or muffins.

Blueberry Rhubarb Breakfast Sauce

6 C. rhubarb
4 C. sugar
1 can blueberry pie filling
1 3 oz. pkg. raspberry jello

Boil rhubarb and suger 10 minutes. Add pie filling and mix. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin. Store in jars or freeze in containers.


Hard-Working Amish

While out on our Amish tours this week, we have witnessed the Amish hard at work. Summer is a busy time for all. We have seen many Amish horse-drawn cultivators used to till the corn to get rid of weeds between the rows. Many of the women have been tending their large vegetable gardens. One Amish lady on our stop was hoeing her garden which she has right next to her house. She was planning on making jam, so she had her grandsons helping her haul wood into the house for her stove. She was also trying to keep her grandsons occupied, as she said they were fighting and needed to keep busy with chores. This Amish lady had exciting news to share–she has a new granddaughter, Katie! It is grandchild number 47.

The smell of varnish was overpowering when stepping into an Amish carptener’s showroom. The warm, humid air was heavy and there was no breeze to ventilate the room. I still enjoyed looking at the dressers and bedroom sets. This Amish woodworker made a new bed frame with drawers under the bed. The kids were a real treat to see playing in the yard. The baby was playing in a cardboard box while her mom tended to the customers. It reminded me of the time when I was about 4 years old and spent an evening playing in a Chiquita banana box. My mom wondered why she spent money on toys when a box kept me occupied for hours.

While out on a tour I came across a young Amish man driving a horse which was pulling a wagon with a small load of slat board. I thought the young man was looking up at the sky, but when I passed him, I noticed he had his head back and was sleeping! Apparently, the horse knew the way home! I’m hoping he was showing off and not really sleeping!

Happy Birthday, Andrew Ruen

Happy Birthday, Andrew!
Today, June 14, would have been Andrew’s 22nd birthday. We all miss Andrew very much. For those that don’t know Andrew, you can check the memorial page on my Website for more information on Andrew and his short life with us. Andrew always had a smile and probably would have been golfing and eating chocolate cake today to celebrate his birthday. I think when I am done working at the store today, I will go home to bake a chocolate cake or brownies in memory of Andrew’s birthday. Chocolate pudding may have to appear on the menu, as Andrew loved to eat pudding, especially chocolate.

Amish Mowing Day

It has been a busy week giving Amish tours and managing the gallery. We had the Rhubarb fest in Lanesboro on Saturday. Unfortunately, it rained and was cool, but many people were out enjoying the rhubarb festivities. I had a request to post a Rhubarb-Blueberry Breakfast Sauce recipe, so look for that in the next couple of days.

One of the Amish families that we visit on our tour has been visiting family in Iowa. They have four children that are so much fun. I miss seeing them on our trips to their farm. I look forward to seeing them when they get back home.

Many of the Amish have been busy mowing their lawns. Most use a non-motorized push mower. Today one young Amish man was mowing his big yard, but he used a horse which pulled a mower that he could sit on. It was fun to watch and his lawn looked great–and he didn’t have to refill the gas can!!

All About Goats!

On a Bluffscape Amish tour we make a stop at a non-Amish farm–Austin’s Mohair Goat Farm near Harmony. Aida Austin is the goat lady and she is charming! Below are photos her goats she has at her farm. The first photo is a picture of her billy goat who is quite a looker! The rest of the photos are twin Angora goats and their mom. The twins are about a week and half old–a must see!

Bluffscape Amish Tour Vehicles

We added a mini bus to our tour business. Now we have a small fleet of vehicles to use on our Amish tours! The mini bus is great to use for guests who have difficulty getting into and out of our van and there is more room inside. We can easily seat 14 people and storage space is also available for all of those baskets and furniture purchases made on a tour.

Mike, from Kelly Printing & Signs, did a wonderful job of applying the new lettering to our bus. (aka Gus the Bus)

Happy Amish Children

Last week I guided a group from the Twin Cities and Canada on an Amish tour. They were a gracious, fun bunch! I wish I had my camera along, as they were busy taking pictures at Austin’s Mohair Goat Farm. An angora goat gave birth to twins. Cute as ever!

When we stop at one Amish farm, Dave and I like to give the kids mini carrots, as we can’t give them candy. The Amish forbid pictures taken of them, but I wish I could have had a photo of the kids. They were so precious playing with their baby sister and so happy with their carrot treats. The kids like to come around when we are there, but they are pretty quiet. They just smile a lot and demonstrate how the marble games and brain teasers work at their mom’s store.

When the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro presents a new play, we volunteer to drive the elderly residents who live in the two apartments in town to the performance. I picked up the residents before the play and Dave brought them home afterwards. We used the mini bus for the first time for this event and it was terrific! One of the ladies uses a walker and if we had brought the van, she probably wouldn’t have been able to attend. Everyone could access the steps and their seats easily. Helping the folks have access to a fun evening out is definitely worth our time.