What are the Amish doing in March?

Amishman riding a buckboard wagonThis year, March has been mild and so everyone is enjoying the warm weather. The Amish are out in their “convertibles” which are actually open buckboard-style wagons that let them enjoy the warm breezes. The picture to the left shows a familiar site in the SW part of Cattaraugus Co. looking up Seager Hill Rd.

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Recipe for Amish Hats, a tasty snack


  • 12 Ritz crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Bar (optional)
  • 12 large Marshmallows


  1. Spread a bit of peanut butter on each cracker
  2. Put a square of chocolate on top of peanut butter
  3. Top with a marshmallow
  4. Place on cookie sheet
  5. Broil for 1 minute until marchmallows are golden brown

Hope you enjoy and comment below with alterations to the recipe that you find to be really good.

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What are the Amish doing in February?

The fields are frozen and you will find the Amish out in the fields with their manure wagons, spreading manure and in some areas, spreading loads of corn husks on the fields. Corn husks are spread by hand using a pitch fork. The load of husks is taken out of the field by a wagon with wooden sled runners. Actually, the same sleds they used to haul ice squares last month.

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Barn Quilt Project

Please read this article that recently ran in the Randolph Register re: our exciting additon to the Amish Trail.

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Grand Opening celebration of the 'So Soft Gift Shop'

Girls and Alpacas looking at each other

Mager Mountain Alpacas of Little Valley, NY is excited to announce the Grand Opening celebration of their new store building this weekend! Owners Paul and Sue Mager have teamed up with Crouse Construction of Steamburg to erect the new building for the ‘So Soft Gift Shop’, which will open its doors this Friday from 4-8pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 10am-6pm.

Recipe for Amish Cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1- 1 pound 4ounce can pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup nuts


Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and can of pineapple (not drained). Add eggs, vanilla and nuts. Pour into baking pan and bake.

Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes Temp: 350° F Pan Size: 13x9x2

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I am hoping that this blog will be an effective tool for us as we develop the Amish Trail of New York.  We would appreciate any feedback that you could give to us once you have visitied our area. 

How did you find out about us?

Once you got here, were the businesses easy to find? What was your first impression once you got out on the side roads? Did you find both "English" and "Amish" store owners/employees to be friendly and helpful?

What can we do to make your next visit more enjoyable?

Barn Quilt Project

Crystal Abers and Sue Sandy with a Barn QuiltThe Amish Trail (which runs through Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties) is adding another dimension to its growing popularity. This summer, Barn Quilts are being added to the trail as well as the surrounding communities.

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  • any of the Amish Trail businesses
  • the Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce located at the Northern gateway to the trail
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