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July  2000

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Number 4

Here is some items of interest of I have accumulated over the month. The information comes from various newspapers (English and Amish), magazines, the internet, etc. I have used their wording as much as possible.

  • Canada - benefit sale - an album quilt sold for $16,500 and the last strawberry pie sold for $375
  • MT - benefit auction ran out of food even though they had over 100 pies, 1,000 donuts, 700 pounds of chicken, bushels of potatoes and boxes of shredded cabbage.
  • PA - school auction - 700 chicken B-B-Q dinners were sold.  Desert was homemade ice cream.
  • PA - hospital benefit auction - food stand sold 74 gallons of ice cream, 420 pizzas, 1,560 hamburgers, and 560 pounds of chicken.

  • Intercourse, PA - public auction - carriages, sleighs, tools, antiques, etc. - July 20
  • Evansville, WI - Quilt Auction - July 29 - Hwy. 104
  • Paradise, PA - Woodworking Auction - August 3 - 9 am
  • Kidron, OH - Mennonite Relief Sale - August 5 - quilts, crafts, and delicious food.
  • Rowletts, KY - All Breed Horse Sale - September 22 - 9 am - Hart County Fairgrounds
  • Jamesport, MO - Quilt Auction - October 14 - 11 am

Dry Jello Salad - 24 oz. cottage cheese,  6 oz. orange jello (dry), 16 oz. drained crushed pineapple, 8 oz cool whip.   Mix cottage cheese and jello. Add pineapple and fold in cool whip. Refrigerate.
Watermelon Cake - - picnic or party
Flavored Coffee - Swiss Mocha - Mix: 1 cup instant coffee, 1 cup sugar, 2 cups nonfat dry milk, 4 teasp. cocoa powder.  Combine all the ingredients together.  Store in an airtight container.  Use 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons per cup of boiling water. 
Recipes - Click here to view this months recipes - Amish Blueberry Betty, Amish Cake, and Zucchini Casserole. 
Apple & Beet Salad - Combine 2 cups raw diced apples, 2 cups cooked diced beets, and 2 cooked eggs.  Add 1/2 salad dressing or mayonnaise.  Top with 1/4 cup chopped nuts and parsley.
TIP - Have pie dough left over - Roll it out in a rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and roll up jelly roll-style.  Slice into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and bake.  Also known as snails.
Uses of Vinegar (continued from last month)
Remove skunk odor from a dog by rubbing fur with full strength vinegar then rinse.
Wipe cutting boards with full strength vinegar to clean and disinfect the wood.
Freshen up the washing machine periodically by pouring a cup of vinegar in the machine
   and letting run through a regular cycle. (without clothing)
Freshen wilted vegetables by soaking them in 2 cups of water and a tablsp. of vinegar.
Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting by dotting the irritation with vinegar - relieves itching.

  • Canada - June 13 was the last week of school.
  • PA - Four Buggy Pile up - One horse did not want to stop at the stop sign and ran into another buggy.  The first buggy upset dumping its passengers.  The horse ran on.   In all 4 buggies ended up damaged and 2 horses took off.  One passenger broke 3 bones in her leg.
  • One school had a popcycle bridge building contest.  The winning bridge supported 501 pounds.
  • MO - A couple took their horse & buggy to visit relatives.  The 75 mile trip took 19 hrs.
  • KY - Children found a hen's egg that measured 7 1/2" in circumference one way and 8 1/2" the other way.  It was 3" long.
  • PA - 2 boys decided to drive their cart in the river so their horse could get a drink.  The sharp drop off was not noticed.  The horse went under first.   Then the boys and cart.  The 2 boys were rescued.  Further down stream they found the horse trying to get out of the water.  With some help the horse and cart were pulled out and the boys drove home.
  • IA - a new bride obviously still excited wore her black cape to church.   Married women wear white caps.
  • TN - Walmart has replaced their old horse watering troughs with new ones.   Feed boxes were also added.
  • IN - a guy shot an air gun at a buggy, scaring the horse and injuring the buggy driver.
  • MO - a truck pulled out in front of a buggy.  The horse's teeth were shattered and had to be pulled.
  • WI - It was quite a chore to remove the agitator and tub to fix a wringer washer.   The space beneath the agitator was filled with mud and $12.78 worth of loose change.
  • KY - A deer exited a field and almost collided with a buggy on the road.  It scared the horse into overdrive.  The buggy driver was able to get the horse stopped 1/4 mile down the road.
  • MI - another accident in this area - 5 in the last 9 months - and still no signs have been put up.  A car following a buggy up a hill in broad daylight tried to pass the buggy in a no passing zone.  There was a car in the other lane so the passing car turned back and hit the buggy.  Two were injured, the buggy demolished, and the horse had to be killed.  This is the area were council is refusing to put up signs.
  • MI - next years supply of firewood for the school was done June 10th.
  • VA - wells are up approximately 23 feet from a month ago.
  • PA - bluebirds are sitting on their second batch of eggs.
  • PA - The banding crew banded 74 baby martins at one bird house.
  • KY - a striped bass 42 1/4" long and weighing 27 lbs. was caught fishing.
  • MO - Coming down a hill from church the horse took off and the driver was unable to hold the horse back.  The horse kept going until both his front feet ended up in the back axle of the first buggy.  The first buggy was slightly damaged.
  • IN - Both the 19 year old amishman and his horse were killed when a semi hit the buggy from behind.  The buggy was also demolished.
  • New Game - "Amos & Sadie's Farm:  A Pathway to Safety" - a Candyland type game down on the farm to teach safety.  There are currently 300 games in print.
  • PA - May - the first church services were held in the new community of Emlenton.
  • NY - the law only allows 30 pupils in a school house so a new one will be added.
  • MI - June 26th - only 14 more wash days till fall.
  • OH - An Amish Vehicle Safety Week is being planned by the Dept. of Public Works.   The state will distribute literature and conduct a safety course for young Amish people.  Officers will stop improperly marked buggies and speeding motorists. 
  • TX - local teenagers shot and killed one horse and injured another which belong to the local amish family.  The teenagers told police they thought they were wild hogs.   The local town is raising money to replace the dead mare.  $4,100 is needed to purchase and ship a horse from Tennessee.  More than half the money so far has been raised. 
  • Recent ads -
    Used springwagon $1,195 - fiberglass combination marketwagon $1,795. 
    Young buggy horses $1,000 and up. 
    Used carriage 10 years old, good shape $2,800. 
    Restored open buggy, new brakes, wiring, upholstery $1,500.

  • PA - a 190 acre farm sold at public auction for the outrageous price of $500,000.   Loggers bought it.
  • PA - home sold at public auction.  It had been in the family for 235 years.  1764-1999
  • PA - In 1943, a 100 acre farm sold for $13,000.

  • At peak harvest, one acre of tomatoes requires 450 man-hours per week yielding 40,000 pounds or 20 tons per week.
  • Labor comparison - 1/4 acre tomatoes compares to 3-4 acres sweet corn.
  • Farmers markets in most areas are stocked with produce.
  • IN - 700 pounds of hydroponic tomatoes were picked in one day.
  • WI - 100 old hens were butchered.  They were purchased for $.30 a piece.
  • Canada - 30 acres of corn has to be replanted because of all the rain we received.
  • IL - 1,065 bales of clover and timothy were gotten off 10 acres.
  • IL - wheat harvest is yielding 55-60 bushels per acre.
  • MS - oats averaged 108 and 120 bushels per acre.
  • PA - Raspberries selling for $4.50 per qt.  Blueberries $3-$3.50 per qt.
  • Almost all communities are have trouble getting their hay in because of the rain.
  • KS - wheat ripened early this year.  Yields were 50-60 bushels per acres.   We received the same price per barrel $2.52 as in 1950.
  • IN - since May 1st we have had 15 inches of rain.
  • Canada - 1,500 saskatoon bushes were planted.  The plants produce berries similar in taste and appearance to blueberries.  It takes 3 years before they will produce.  We hope to convince customers to try these berries for jams and pies.
  • Waxing of produce is not recommended because you loose the home grown look and effect.  Most waxed produce comes from the South or West.  If you do decide to wax, a waxer unit can be attached to your regular washer.
  • Ad - Celery plants for sale - $5.00 per hundred.  Honey (5 gallon pail) $69.00.
  • Slugs & Snails - A study showed that plants watered in the morning had 1/5 the damage from slugs and snails than plants watered in the evening.  Oak leaf mulch will deter them.

May prices - selling and purchasing for the farmer (PA prices unless noted)
Ear Corn  $112.00 Steers  $.66 - $.77
Large Eggs   $.60 Hogs   $.41 - $.63
Medium Eggs   $.54 Rabbits  $5 - $7
Propane gas  $.78 Vealers   $.20 - $.65
Straw   $95.00 Beef Cows  $.31 - $.43
Alfalfa Hay   $140.00 White Pigeons   $2.50
Cheese - OH - $1.14 Barn Pigeons   $2.75
MILK prices by area
  • MD  $12.00
  • IN  $9.70
  • OH  $8.50 - $9.00 range per area
  • PA  $12.46
  • MI ranged from $9.70 to $11.75 per area
  • MO  $9.12
  • Deductions from one dairy hauler
    $.50 hauling
    $.35 zone premium
    $.15 advertising
    $.40 quality premium up to $.40 cwt
    $.01 coop due

LINKS   - URL's I found interesting.  URL's may or may not contain just Amish info.

GENERAL TRIVIA - Old Information
  • From a 1922 farm journal - mailed free 110 wallpaper samples, purchase price 4 to 10 cents per roll.
  • Facts - 100 Years Ago in the United States - click here

  • A hint is something we often drop, but rarely pick up.
  • You are never going to get any where if you think you are already there.
  • The ships that come in while we sit and wait are mostly hardships.
  • When you can't remove an obstacle, plow around it.
  • If you can't see the bright side of something, try polishing the dull side.
  • If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, fertilize your side.

Take Care - See You Next Month

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