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Amish country through the eyes of a tourist

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: June 3, 2013 4:00 AM
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It's so wonderful to see the countryside come to life. Amish farmers are out tilling and planting their spring crops. The children are out of school right alongside their fathers in the fields or mothers in the garden. Some children are even tending to the planting duties themselves.

This past month I have been on a photo frenzy, trying to capture the scenes of spring in Amish country. The beautiful countryside is exactly my element and I found myself taken captive by the Amish country charm.

Sometimes I feel very blessed to be able to experience some of the things that I have experienced since becoming a writer for the Amish Heartland. I was excited to be asked to ride along with Amish Heartland Tours and see Amish country through the eyes of a tourist.

Riding along with Brigham Young University-Idaho's Band, I got to listen to a group of Amish school children sing for the college students. It was mesmerizing listening to the young Amish children and very impressive to hear how well they were able to stay in tune with nothing but a pitch pipe to guide them. Read more about BYU-Idaho's tour and some of the interesting questions they had been itching to ask the Amish people on page 14.

Also in this issue, if you are ever traveling Interstate 71 through Ashland or even U.S. Route 250 just east of the city, consider taking the roads less traveled. It may very well lead you to this quaint little barn, that is actually home to a herb garden and gift shop. The Parsley Pot carries a variety of home dcor, herbs and food products and many other gifts perfect for anyone in the family.

If you have been looking for a piece of furniture to finish off you're new home office or bedroom, stop in to Yoder's Oak and Cherry. With 10 different types of wood finishes and the option to customize furniture pieces, you are bound to find a piece that completes your room. Yoder assures customers that customized furniture does not have to be expensive.

If authentic Amish food has been on your mind and your curious to expand your palate, stop in to Beachy's Country Chalet Restaurant in Sugarcreek. Traditional Swiss dishes are served up in the small village centered around their Swiss heritage. Enjoy a wholesome meal and maybe glean a little history as well.

Use this month's stories and events to plan your next trip to Amish country. The children will be out of school for the summer and Ohio's largest Amish country makes the perfect summer vacation.


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