Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fall in Amish Country

Today we have a guest post from Amish mystery author, Amanda Flower.

Fall is in the air. You can see it in the changing leaves, school buses trundling students back and forth, and the Halloween costumes which have been on sale in Target since July. It’s a busy time for us all, and autumn is a busy time in the Amish world too. I am sharing the top five Amish fall activities.

     1)  Harvesting
Harvesting has to be number one. Although more and more Amish don’t run huge farms like they once did. Almost all of them will have a large garden, and this is the time they are bringing in the last of the vegetables and grains that they had been growing all summer.

2)   Canning
After the harvest, now the Amish have to save what they grew. They couldn’t possibly keep everything fresh without canning much of their produce. The Amish women do most of the canning, and afterward the dozens of mason jars are stored in the root cellar for the winter. How nice would it be to have some delicious Amish pickles in February?

3)   Getting married
That’s right, getting married. The vast majority of Amish get married in October and November after the harvest is over. There is more time during those months because the men aren’t working long hours in the fields and still plenty of food from the big fall harvest for a celebration. Typically they marry on Tuesdays and Thursdays too.

4)   Going to festivals and fairs
The Amish like to have fun too, and especially the young adults like to attend these celebrations to spend time with their friends. You can see a complete listing of festivals and fairs coming up in Ohio’s Amish country here.

5)   Preparing for winter
Of course fall is a precursor to winter, and the Amish, like us, are in a race to finish everything that needs to be done on their property before the snow flies.

It’s SUPER SEPTEMBER: Amanda Flower (also writing as Isabella Alan) has three novels releasing this month. To celebrate, she is giving away an authentic Amish Quilt hand-stitched by Amish in Holmes County, Ohio.

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  1. Fall is my favorite time of year. I'm harvesting my small garden, I really need to learn how to put up more of my goodies!

    1. @Katreader - I totally agree with you about Fall. It is my favorite season. I just love all the colors.

  2. I love fall! Thank you for sharing.