|We saw this windmill farm in the middle of rolling wooded hills|
We stopped at another farm to buy fried pies for $1 each. Small hand size fruit pies in 5 different flavors, coated in sugar icing wrapped in a wax paper bag. We tasted one each and I ended up taking some more home with me. Delicious!
|Fried fruit pies for sale|
|quilt square on a barn|
There were three bakeries in the area and we had been warned that some things sell out by noon. They are only open Friday and Saturday. The smell was heavenly, even from the parking lot. Once you walked in the door, there were metal baker's shelves with pies, bread, cookies, and sweets. Everything was fresh, locally made, and reasonable priced. There were also some hand woven baskets and wood crafts for sale on the other side of the floor.
From there we headed to the "Amish row" where there were many businesses clustered one after the other. We didn't stop at all of them, but peeked in on a few. We had a demonstration on a 25 year old wood loom from a single woman who makes rugs. She said it was hard on the back, and although she also sews, she has to make choices. She can weave rugs for sale or sew for her own needs and make nothing. She rarely makes new outfits, although her store was well stocked with socks, fabrics, threads, etc. - everything anyone who sews would need. She explained that the women don't wear buttons so their clothing is pinned together. She took care of her mother whose home shared the same land. Her shop was attached to her own home, and that made it hard to leave the shop and truly relax. She thought her loom would need some parts replaced that had rusted, but that would mean finding a ride in a vehicle with someone outside the community to go to Fond du lac where she thought she might find the necessary parts.
|The smell from the parking lot was heavenly|
|Flowers for 10 cents a stem|
|Beautiful flowers and horses everywhere|
|I was surprised to see Longhorn cows at the furniture store|
|This is the SUV equivalent of a buggy|
|The general store has no electricity but skylights are adequate|