A Beautiful Ride with Bluffscape Amish Tours in the Fall

After a very busy summer and fall, Bluffscape Amish Tours in Lanesboro is nearing the end of our tour season.  We continue tours daily until November 2 and will tour Saturdays, November 9, 16, and 23. Come to Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro to depart on a tour at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.  Plan to ride along on a tour to learn about Amish living as well as shop for Amish made goods.  As of this writing there are only 61 shopping days until Christmas!  Do you have your wish list started?  Amish crafts make wonderful gifts not only for Christmas, but gifts for any occasion.

If you are not into shopping, you will learn plenty about Amish schools, church, weddings, funerals, and meet some of the Amish families at their farms. View the beautiful countryside as we drive to their farms in Fillmore County located in Southeast Minnesota.  You will love the hillsides covered in fall colors against the bright blue sky.  The golden corn fields next to the dark green alfalfa fields make a large patchwork quilt on the farming landscape.  Amish shocks of corn dot the fields in rows waiting to be harvested.  Listen for the clip-clop of horses’ hooves and the crunching of buggy wheels on the gravel road as we make our way to the Amish farms and shops.
corn shocks henry
Photos by Chris Komor

Amish Canning and School

Well, it looks like I totally missed blogging in August! Life has been busy here in Lanesboro. Meredith and Emyli were a great help in the gallery, so I was able to take guests out on the Amish tours. Therefore, going out on the tours didn’t give me much time to write.

The Amish ladies are always working when we stop at their farms. They have been canning produce from their gardens and many of them have fresh produce for sale. The ladies also purchase bushels of peaches and pears that they have ordered in advance and preserve many jars for their families and customers. One day when I stopped at the Amish bakery Amanda and her friends were busy husking, cleaning, and cutting corn for canning. They thought they would end up with about 30 pints of corn when they were done.

The Amish kids are back at school. Most of the Amish schools started August 24th and one school started August 17th. The Amish students are referred to as scholars by their teachers. We drive past five Amish schools on our tour and many times we can see the scholars outside for recess. They look like they are having lots of fun playing softball or kickball.

Time to close. I hope to post more Amish happenings soon.