Sweet corn so delicious and flavorful it needs no salt or butter.
Cucumbers drizzled with a little bit of Italian dressing.
Perfectly ripe peaches - sweet and tender.
Last night's supper, grown by the local Amish, was everything I hoped it would be.
The Amish farm was plenty busy yesterday. Once again, cars steadily streamed in and out. We had to wait to reach into the produce bin to fill our bags with the produce we wanted. We had to wait in line to check out. Men with long beards, blue shirts, black suspenders and pants worked hard to keep the bins full and the lines moving.
No cash registers here. Sums were totaled using old fashioned non-electric adding machines. A horse drawn buggy made its way back and forth from the fields bringing more bushel baskets of corn, beans, potatoes, beans, onions, squash to replenish the supply in the market shed.
One buggy was driven by a young father. His little girl was beside him and I really wanted to take a picture of her. She was probably about Emilee's age. So cute, next to her daddy in her bonnet and long dress. The Amish do not like to have their pictures taken so I refrained.
We did not see any of the women. But their works were very evident. Jams, cookies, breads. We succumbed to the smell of the sticky buns - a caramelized sweet roll. Oh, my. Probably the best I've ever tasted.
I am guilty of romanticizing the Amish way of life. I know they are not perfect and that various Amish communities have their fair share of problems. However, the simplicity of their community and business attracts me. Ann and I have often joked (in a kind of serious way) that we would love to be Amish. I admire their hard work, their determination to adhere to their way of life and their desire to live their lives to please God. They are not distracted by the things that distract so many of us in this technological age.
While I will most likely never be Amish, I will continue to patronize their farm stand to buy things we cannot yet produce ourselves or aren't dropped off at our doorstep. We can help support their way of life and enjoy the most delicious produce we have had in quite a while.