Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Tuesday Farm Photos: Amish Neighbors and an Easy Orange Cake for Strawberry Season

Amish Wagon
Don't you just love this wagon?

Several Amish families moved to this area two years ago, and in my opinion we're all the luckier for it. All of our new Amish neighbors that I've met have been very friendly, and they've already brought much to our rural community.
There are three basket makers and a furniture maker (who we might have build us a bed for the new living quarters). A couple of Amish women sell homemade baked goods on the square in town.

Two brothers who live on adjacent farms about 10 miles down the road (and across the street from the
donkey peddling cowboy) built us a gorgeous new sheep barn last fall to replace the one that was falling down, and a giant new haybarn in April to replace the one that was really falling down (pictures coming of both new buildings one of these days, I swear). The wonderful rough cut siding on the sheep barn (which you can see here) came from the Amish sawmill down the road.

More below . .


One of those carpenter brothers sets up a stand next to his house each summer and sells organic produce from his family's large garden. They grow wonderful sweet corn, and I think I ended up buying most of their early tomato harvest last year, since I didn't get my tomato plants in the ground until (please don't try this at home) July.

The stand is run on the honor system so you can shop even if they're not home; the reasonable prices are posted, and you just leave your money in the coffee can on the table, making change if you need it.

Why I Love Our Amish Neighbors

Picturesque horse drawn buggies now dot the landscape, and we get to see cool things like the wagon pictured above. I'm really enjoying the cultural diversity. But best of all? This time of year, three of the Amish families sell organic strawberries.

Easy Orange Loaf Cake with Garden Strawberries

My favorite way to eat strawberries is standing outside next to the berry patch. My second favorite way is alongside a slice of this moist, not overly-sweet Orange Loaf Cake that I first wrote about two years ago and have been enjoying ever since (it's also very nice with blueberries). If you feel like going all out—which I highly recommend—then serve your orange cake and berrries with big scoops of some really good vanilla ice cream, preferably for breakfast.

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Eating seasonally essentially means that you devour your fill and then some so you won't desire that food again until next year. The two of us managed to wolf down 13 quarts of fresh strawberries over the past several weeks. Our craving has definitely been satisfied.

More from our Amish neighbors:
7/30/08: Super Market

More sweet treats you might enjoy:
Cookies and Bars


Muffins and Scones
Cranberry Christmas Scones (tasty any time of year)
100% Whole Grain Bran Muffins (four different flavors)

Cakes, Tarts, and More

Still hungry? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.

© 2010 FarmgirlFare.com, the sweet and juicy foodie farm blog where this is the first year I didn't harvest any strawberries from my own berry patch (due to severe neglect, wet spring weather, and amazingly vigorous weeds), and as disappointing as that was, it sure was nice not having to worry about those strawberry ravaging turtles!

8 comments:

  1. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Amish take their religion seriously, as seen in their forgiving attitude toward the man who killed five of their little girls in their schoolhouse. You cannot have better neighbors than the Amish. And thanks for your very neighborly blog that I enjoy every day.

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  2. Great post! The Amish have always fascinated me. I think they have a lot they could teach us about how to live at a slower, more peacful pace. Staying away from computers and the television helps a person do that, at least for me. Those strawberries look delicious!

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  3. I love fresh strawberries and must try your orange cake one of these days. Soon, I hope. Lovely post,as always.

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  4. the Amish are absolutely AWESOME. They come down from Lancaster PA every weekend to sell meats and produce at our local Farmer's Market. I no longer buy meats from the grocery store. Such a big difference in quality and taste.

    Enjoy your new neighbors!

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  5. Yes, you are blessed to have them nearby indeed. We recently found a town that was over an hour away from Kansas City, neat and trim and beautiful. The secret to this town's beauty was that there were Amish everywhere. The add a silver lining to every place they live. I'm gonna make that cake real soon :)

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  6. Good neighbors are a gift from god... I thoroughly miss our Italian neighbors who moved on last summer. We used to swap recipes and goodies all the time.
    The orange cake is simply delicious. I added a dash of homemade orange liqueur to the batter and to the syrup. This cake disappeared really fast :-))

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  7. My mouth was watering looking at the cake and strawberries. A definite on my to do list!

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  8. My comment isn't related to this post, but I just wanted to say hi. I'm enjoying reading this so much! I'm a lifelong city boy, who has some country/wilderness blood in his veins. Reading your stories about life is so good for my perspective on life and living. So thank you!

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