Lancaster PA Road Trip – 11 of 14

Welcome back everyone to our Lancaster, PA road trip part 11 and picking up where we left off last.

It was interesting how all the businesses in Lancaster wanted the Amish to shop with them.  As we pulled in to a hardware store with our camper van we noticed how they had a separate parking area for the Amish to park their horse and buggies complete with a bucket and shovel to clean up after them should they leave a pile or two.  Inside, the store was busy with Amish and non-Amish busy purchasing needed goods and the volume of business was incredible.  Outside we got to talking with a couple Amish men talking alongside their horse and buggies.  We couldn’t resist asking if their horses required any special training to stay so calm amidst the different traffic patterns.  They smiled at my curiosity but humbly responded to the question matter of fact that they were just standard horses with no special training but just exercised patience with them. As we walked away we couldn’t help but feel how down to earth they were and it was our own imaginations conjuring up thought that they were someway from another planet.  We laughed as we were around them more and more at how they are like us, nothing more, nothing less but just going about the routines of life in sync with their customs.

While there we visited the Kitchen Kettle Village where most of the food items were prepared on premise including freshly canned pickles, jams, jellies, vegetables, baked cookies, breads, candies, relishes, salsas, chips and a whole lotta of other stuff that your Dr. may caution you about indulging in.  Sometimes though ya must step out and indulge till you bulge.  When we left that place, we had bags full and in hindsight probably should have bought more items.  Please click on the before mentioned link to their website because they ship to just about everywhere.

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56 thoughts on “Lancaster PA Road Trip – 11 of 14

  1. It seemed as though we nibbled on every treat they had out to sample and our basket and tummy was full. Then again this is what road trekking is partly about, lol. Glad having you along Prakash.

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  2. Thank you Robbie. Yes, they are just regular people with all the same thoughts and pressures and joys we have but chose to follow along their practices and heritage. And they do so in an unobtrusive manner accepting those around them and we believe hoping those around them accept them?

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  3. I really enjoyed the pictures and it is really lovely that you were able to have a conversation with Amish people. They sound like they are just regular people who have some old fashioned practices. That is not a bad thing at all.

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  4. Yes. We are hoping to connect with this Amish family knowing full well we’ll never be able to truly immerse into their lives. It will be nice though to become friends with a family with its roots so strongly planted in a culture.

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  5. They are delicious. They had so many varieties and each one we tasted a jar ended up in our basket. They are all natural too which is one of the best parts. The blueberry/peach jam is one of our favorites but then there is the ……., lol.

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  6. Isn’t it great how that is happening there Brad. We too wonder if the church will ever get together on that very subject and all we can do is hope and pray it does. The family we are following and working out getting with them reached out and paid a price for it. They reached out to those that were shunned believing it was the right thing to do. The elders saw it differently. I can’t imagine the pain this loss would have on those cast out.

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  7. Thank you Theresa. It is something how it just happens. It all starts with saying hello and the next thing we know we are chatting up a storm about everything. We always ask people if it is okay for us to share their stories and pictures and they are always receptive. The next thing we know we are texting and emailing. Its so great.

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  8. And indulge we do!!! Gosh we enjoy the variety of foods in each area. Everything on the shelves has sampling cups. Of course everything we sampled we bought… two of! Yes we love learning from the different folks we encounter. It has opened our minds so much. The hospitality we have encountered amazes us. We are so glad you are with us along the way.

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  9. Thank you. Don’t ya just love it! We are glad not being the only ones hitting those food stops. We tell ourselves its important to know the foods of the region. We are so pleased having you along.

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  10. LOL – “indulge ’til you bulge.” The products on the shelves of this charming store are certainly enticing!
    I’m so grateful that people like YOU – who take the time and have the interest – to strike up a conversation with people who have made very different choices about what constitutes a life well lived *also* take the time to share your experience with the rest of us.
    There are many ways to be a human being – and all are fascinating to me as well. Thank you!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”


  11. I was always amazed when I’d see the Amish and the horses going down the road with the cars whizzing by at how calm the horses stayed. I guessed they were just use to it. It sure must seem surreal seeing it in person though. Nothing compares to experiencing something in real life. I got a chuckle over the parking lots 🙂 Shovels and buckets are surely a must with horse parking 🙂

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  12. What I like about this part of the story is how the community meets the Amish where they are. I wonder if the church at large can ever get that together when it comes to the outcasts and marginalized.


  13. Beautiful photos Audrey, but ofcorse the horses are coached, every horse need that. And yes, is cost a lot of love and patience. The Kitchen Kettle Village looks great.

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  14. Great post! I spent some time in Pennsylvania a few years back and I remember seeing many Amish and they were all lovely. Just like everyone else but with different ways of doing things.

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