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The tell tale signs of spring

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: March 1, 2013 4:00 AM
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Spring is just around the corner. Although there have been several times this winter that have felt like spring was coming early but, being Ohio natives, we all knew it was too good to be true when the frigid winter temperatures hit hard the very next day. But not to fear, Punxsutawney did not see his shadow and we were all promised an early spring.

I can hear the birds chirping already, and I can just picture the beautiful countryside getting greener by the minute. Wild flowers will soon be dotting the meadows and woods and newly planted tulips and crocus' will pop up in front yards and businesses alike. I can't wait for the smell of freshly cut grass and hay and finally being able shed that winter coat and walk barefoot in the grass once again.

Amish farmers will be happy to take advantage of the warmer weather as they prepare their fields for spring planting. Get an idea for how the Amish prepare for each season of the year when you read "An Amish Farmer's "To-Do" List."

Looking for a store that supplies great home dcor as well as an unforgettable experience? Stop in to Audrey's Attic and check out Audrey Merkle's eclectic, country, rustic home dcor collections. No matter what your mood, the warm friendly atmosphere and cheerful staff is bound to brighten your mood. You may also be surprised to be greeted by some very large and very friendly cats.

If your sweet tooth has been tingling and you are in need of a baked treat, stop in to Troyer's Home Pantry and grab a slice of pie or a delicious cinnamon roll. With two locations in Apple Creek and Wooster, plan to pick up your morning coffee and pastry at the small bakery.

Sojourner's Lodge offers a peaceful and luxurious escape from the stresses of everyday life. While partaking on your journey through the Amish countryside, plan to stay a night or two at one of the lodge suites. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the gently rolling hills of Amish farmland and make sure to read through the story for special rates.

Easter will be upon us by the end of the month. Local Easter egg hunts will take place in your hometowns and special Easter church services will be attended. Be sure to check out some of your favorite Amish country shops this month, as they may also be featuring a few Easter activities and surprises of their own.


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