Before Christmas, why spend your time rushing and running to the huge malls and department stores, trying to get that deal and use that coupon at the right place and time? Have a much more enjoyable experience as you travel along the back roads, enjoying houses that are adorned with Christmas decorations, trees that are covered with snows, and shops that are uncrowded and welcoming.For one stop shopping try the Valley View Cheese Factory, for delicious treats, old fashioned wooden toys that are still lots of fun, or a nice warm quilt.
Sure, us Western New Yorkers know how to deal with the snow, but usually by March we are all sick and tired of it and just want the warmth to come back! Perhaps thinking about the Amish in wintertime will help to remind us that we aren't as tough as we think!
Mark your 2013 calendar for NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS, Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, 2013. Alpaca farms along the NY Amish Trail will once again welcome visitors of all ages to meet the alpacas and learn about the alpaca lifestyle. Even if you aren't interested in raising alpacas, National Alpaca Farm Days is a great way to spend the day out in the fresh air with the entire family.
In planning a road trip around New York state, we found information on the Internet about Cattaraugus County, a short drive south of Niagara Falls and Buffalo. We were immediately attracted by the opportunity to visit the local Amish merchants - their craftsmanship is well-known to us, even in California. However, we were really sold when we discovered the New York Amish Geotrail, a set of geocaches located at interesting sites and businesses throughout the county. With so much to do, we rearranged our schedule slightly so we would be able to spend more time in the area wi
It is strawberry picking time and what better way to celebrate then to make fresh Strawberry Jelly right in your own home. This recipe is straight out of the "Tasteful Treasures" Cookbook from Conewango Valley, NY.
The Tour D'Amish Event on June 9, 2012 is a chance to get out and visit NY's Amish Trail member businesses. Collect puzzle pieces from the participating businesses; put the puzzle together and win an Amish Trail T-Shirt as a prize. Some of the businesses will have special deals and offers for that day.
The following buisnesses are participating in the event :
In Randolph Area:
During the first week of January 2012, we hosted a family of four from Sydney, Australia who selected our area for skiing, nearness to Niagara Falls, Amish proximity and accessibility to Native American sites.
Amish Whoopie Pies Recipe
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
4 cups flour
1 cup baking cocoa
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 cup sour milk
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup hot water
1. Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs.
2. Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt.
3. Add to creamed mixture alternately with sour milk.
4. Add the vanilla and dissolve soda in hot water and add last. Mix well.
About the Amish
Old Order Amish use no electricity, no running water and dress in plain clothes of grays and blues.
Their cooking stoves are powered by propane, kerosene or wood. They use kerosene lamps.
They never work on Sundays and rotate church meetings at various homes within their districts.
Their children traditionally speak German until they start school at about 6 years of age where they are taught English.
They go only until grade 8 then they go to work with their family.