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AMISH BUGGY NEWSLETTER

Oct  2000

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Number 7

 

 

GREETINGS!
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.
 

 

Riddle - "Old Mother Twitchet had but one eye, And a long tail which she let fly.  And every time she went through a gap, A bit of her tail she left in a trap." (answer at bottom)

AUCTIONS/BENEFITS
  • OH - At the exotic animal auction, some deer that was to be auctioned off escaped from the sale barn and they were never caught.  A groundhog went for $60.00.
  • MI - At a recent livestock auction a pair of "inseparable" companions were sold for $500 - a miniature pony colt and a goat.
  • MI - top buggy horses at auction went for $1,900.00.  Top riding horses went for $2,400.00.
  • PA - 18 bucks and 2 does sold at the auction.  Highest deer bought $5,600.00
  • PA - Food sold at the benefit held for the Clinic for Special Children.
    57 cases of barbeque chicken
    1,300 barbeque pork sandwiches
    3,750 subs
    8,000 soft pretzels
    8,000 drinks
    18,000 donuts
UPCOMING AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITS
  • Elign, PA - Annual Fall Quilt Auction - October 12 - 10 am
  • New Wilmington, PA - Fall Quilt Auction - October 21 - 10 am
  • Dover, DE - School Benefit Auction - October 28
  • Shipshewanna, IN - Draft Horse Sale - Oct. 31 - Nov. 3
 

 

FROM THE HOME

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  • Dumplings for soup or sauerkraut etc. - Mix 1 beaten egg, cup water and a little salt. Stir and dump in flour until mix is sticky but moist. Drop in the pot of soup by teaspoon. Cook dumplings 10 minutes.
  • Recipes for this month - click here.  Pie, Mush, Cookies, Casserole.
  • Edible Play Dough
    Mix 1/3 cup oleo, 1/3 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. vanilla.
    Add 1 lb. powdered sugar.  Knead it and divide.  Use food coloring to color the divided dough.  Keep refrigerated to keep from spoiling when not in use.

    NOTE:  be sure your children are old enough to understand not to eat store bought play dough which could be harmful to them if eaten.
  • Potatoes and smoked sausage - combine chopped onions, sliced potatoes, and slices of smoked sausage in a pot.  Add pepper, parsley, and chopped garlic.  Barely cover with water and bring to boil.  Turn down to low heat and cook until potatoes are soft.
  • TIP:  Use coffee filters over small bowls and plates to prevent the food from splattering all over the microwave.
  • TIP:  Start your holiday cleaning, shopping, etc. now.  That way you will enjoy the holidays and won't be stressed.  Doing 1 job on your list a week will help.
  • Onions - did you know
    Nearly 350 semi-truck loads of onions are consumed each day. 
    There are about 1,200 onion farmers in the U.S.  
    150,000 acres of onions are planted in the U.S. each year. 
    The country of Turkey has the highest per capita consumption of onions. 
    The sulfuric compounds in onions is what brings tears to your eyes.  To cut down on the crying, chill the onion and cut into the root end of the onion last.

NEWS - MISHAPS - ACCIDENTS - HUMOR
  • Canada - a black bear broke into a bake shop during the night and helped himself to donuts and muffins.
  • PA - A bend was taken to quickly on Saturday upsetting a pie chest full of pies for church on Sunday.  Some were able to be salvaged.  A quick trip to the market produced 8 frozen apple pies that were quickly baked.
  • MI - hunting - goose season has opened and small game will open soon.
  • MO - A 20 year old Amish man was killed when his buggy was rammed by a pickup truck from behind at full speed.  The pick up driver said he was looking at some farm machinery and did not see the buggy.  The passenger of the buggy escaped with minor injuries.  The buggy driver was to be married in the spring.
  • OH - all the family helped celebrate the couples 70th wedding anniversary.
  • OH - a new general interest magazine is being proposed by some in the area.
  • KS - A van hit a buggy killing the husband and wife in the buggy.
  • IL - one 5 year old community had their first car/buggy accident this month.
  • PA - during ladies day at one home - 200 yards were quilted, cookies baked and grapenuts dried.
  • PA - 3 horses were killed during a thunder storm when lightening hit the tree they were under.
  • Moran TX - community is now extinct when the 3 remaining families moved back to PA.
  • PA - in Lancaster and Chester Co. there are 210 plain sect schools.
  • Canada - a new university opened - Canadian Mennonite University and hopes to be fully operational by 2005.
  • OH - six teenagers are suspected in shooting Amish farm animals including a horse pulling a buggy with a family inside on the way to a funeral home.  The horse was wounded but survived.  Also shot and killed were - 2 Belgian draft horses (each worth at least $1,500), 4 dairy cows, and 1 sheep.  The suspects were quoted as saying "We were bored and it seemed like the thing to do".  The shootings happened between Sept. 17 and the 24th.  Source Akron Beacon 10/3/00.
  • WI - an Amish man is still recovering after being hit by a car more than 8 months ago.  Three young adults 18-22 had been drinking and stole a buggy hitching it to their vehicle.  They turned around and then hit the Amish man throwing him into the windshield and over the roof.  The Amish man suffered mangled shoulders, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, his left leg was broken in two places and this right leg severely mangled and was put back together with metal.  The young adults have pleaded guilty but have not yet been sentenced.
 

 

REAL ESTATE
  • IA - land bought for $650.00 an acre.
  • IA - 65 acre farm sold at auction for $190,000.00.

FARMING

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  • PA - 85% of the corn tasseled.
  • OH - 2,300 lbs of potatoes were harvested from 160 lb seed potatoes.
  • WI - one stalk produced 22 potatoes.
  • TIP - Sweet potatoes can be harvested as soon as the leaves start to yellow.  The longer they are left in the ground, the more vitamins they'll have.  After a frost the tubers should be harvested as soon as possible to prevent rot.
  • KY - 40 acres of sorghum is ready for harvest and have enough orders for the sorghum.
  • OH - plowing is being done for fall seeding and lime is being spread.
  • TIP - Plant raspberries and blueberries in fall for an early start in spring.
  • IA - a 40 lb melon was harvested.
  • Farm Union members to visit the capital to plea for higher commodity prices.
  • MI -  a 3 lb tomato 20 inches in circumference and a 2-3/4 lb onion 16 inches in circumference was harvested.
  • NY - a 40' x 98' barn was put up and enclosed by evening.
  • NY - 40% of the pumpkin acreage failed.  The best growing crop this past summer was cole crops such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
  • Did you know - Red cabbages are more colorful and green cabbages are more flavorful.   Harvest your fall crop when the heads are firm when squeezed, but before a hard frost.  They will keep 2-3 months when stored in a cool basement or root cellar.
  • VT - U.S. Dept. of Agriculture told 2 nonAmish farmers that 4 of their sheep have tested positive for TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy) and may also be harboring mad cow disease - source the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10/1/00
  • OH - Many Amish farmers have had to make the switch from can milk (Grade B used in cheeses) to bulk milk (Grade A) because companies are no longer accepting can milk due to liability.  The decision to allow the Amish farmers to switch is made by each church district.  One Amish farmer is using a 20-horse, two-cylinder, belt-driven engine run by natural gas for his bulk tank.  A 12-volt battery starts the engine and also powers the required lighting.
  • Caution - Yellowjackets love sweets such as overripe fruit and flower nectar. In the fall, the yellowjacket population is at its yearly peak, while the supply of natural food sources such as nectar is low.
  • OH - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to take over 50,000 acres of prime Ohio farm land to establish a wildlife refuge along Darby Creek which stretches 25 miles.   The agency would pay between $1,000 to $3,500 per acre.  Most residents in this area are against this project.
 

 

Aug prices - selling and purchasing for the farmer (PA prices unless noted)
Butter    $1.18 Steers  $.55 to $.61
Block cheese   $1.28 Hogs $.34 to $.43     OH - $10cwt
Ear Corn    $77 to $85.00 Rabbits  $1 to $3 for 4-6 pds
Barn Pigeons   $2.00 Vealers   $44 to $91.00
Straw   $65 to $125.00 Beef Cows  $.32 to $.44
Tobacco   $.70 to $.80 Alfalfa   $97 to $200.00
Large eggs   $.78 White birds   $1.25
Medium eggs   $.57
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  • PA - $13.52 and $12.74
  • KY - $14.00
  • MO - $.9.58
  • IA - $10.66
LINKS   - I found interesting.  URL's may or may not contain just Amish info.
AMISH
EDUCATIONAL - HELPFUL - FUN

GENERAL TRIVIA
  • Illinois pumpkin farmers lead the nation in production, growing enough pumpkins to make 16.6 million Jack-O-Lanterns.
  • Old Order Amish - 95% of their children remain in the sect as adults.
  • Did you know - There is mint in beverages, main dishes, candies, desserts, fruit and vegetable dishes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and even children's medicine.
  • According to researchers, only about 5% of people dream in color.
  • Americans consume 16,000 tons of aspirin every year.
  • There are over 400 varieties of natural cheese.

SAYINGS
  • Love lights more fires than hate extinguishes.
  • When life throws you a curve ball, hit it.
  • One good example is worth many arguments.
  • If you don't think everyday is a good day, just try missing one.
  • A bend in the road is not the end unless you fail to make the turn.

Riddle Answer - Needle and thread.

Auf Veder Sehen - See You Next Month

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