14 responses to 5 Points Posts (April-June) & Your Suggestions
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    Donna J.
    Comment on 5 Points Posts (April-June) & Your Suggestions (July 2nd, 2015 at 08:20)

    I am always fascinated when I read about the Amish and their big gardens! I wonder like how much food they have to “put up” for the winter and to feed their families! Also, what do they can? Do they grow a lot of crops? Do they raise their own farm animals to butcher and eat? For example, do they raise their beef, pork and chicken and then process it for their families? I know they sell at roadside stands also.

    I also wonder about their clothes lines. Sometimes, in a two story house they are strung very high. I was told that is so they can use a pulley and it goes right to the second story where they actually put the clothes away as they take them off the line! Just curious! Love these discussions and the ability to comment and ask questions!

    • Good topics Donna, some do butcher their own meat and chickens. Your question about how much needs to be canned is a good one. I’d like to know an estimated figure for say a family of 8 or 10.

      Here are a couple of posts showing canned goods in Amish basements in New York and Tennessee. You can get a sense of how much there is. The first one (NY) is a family with 9 children:



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        Comment on 5 Points Posts (April-June) & Your Suggestions (July 2nd, 2015 at 14:52)

        Interesting question on amount to can. My copy of the Ball Blue Book put out by the company that makes the canning jars has an interesting chart showing the “Amount of Food to be grown and canned for a typical family of 6 persons.” Just a few examples of quantity needing to be canned are: carrots 20 quarts,whole tomatoes 60 quarts,
        tomato juice 120 quarts,peas 24 quarts, green beans 60 quarts,sweet corn 36 quarts, pumpkin 12 quarts, etc. etc . Growing all this, the labor in preparing it for preservation, all the jar washing, the inevitable jars that don’t seal, I’m getting weary! Storing all this would be a formidable chore in modern homes. And don’t forget all those root crops to be kept over the winter (potatoes to sprout, etc.).

        • I’m a little late here but thanks Carol for sharing that info. I’m trying to visualize how much that is, does sound like quite a bit of food and of course work and management. Have never been a canner but it must be a nice feeling to have a fully-stocked pantry.

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    Verity Pink
    Comment on Future topics (July 2nd, 2015 at 09:35)

    Future topics

    Hi Erik,
    What about 5 Favourite hymns? Or maybe hymns in use in other churches that the Amish use as well, if there are any? A post on significant figures in Amish history would be interesting (used to belong to a Mennonite church, so know about 16th century, but not much about Amman and after). 5 biggest families would be a possibility (though maybe it’s been done already). Not sure if it is helpful to suggest genetic illnesses as a theme – though it would be possible to tackle it positively by identifying physicians and other healthcare workers who are pioneering care in this area). And on the subject of health, how about 5 herbal remedies?
    Hope some of these are useful,

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    Comment on suggestions (July 2nd, 2015 at 15:22)


    > top five Canadian settlements (possibly including Hutterite and Mennonite ones too, if there aren’t five Amish settlements of interest),
    > top five Amish movies of all time
    > Public figures (celebrities, actors, politicians) descended from the Amish [who are not currently Amish themselves]
    > Amish caption contests (this needs to be revived, even if there is no prize)
    > How do the Amish pray {which ‘supplications’ may be popular, be it bible based or ‘dialect’/cultural background originated – particularly on non-Church meeting days)
    [although I guess I could have asked this last one in the most recent “ask an Amishman”, I thought I’d present it to Erik instead]

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    Comment on 5 Points Posts (April-June) & Your Suggestions (July 2nd, 2015 at 15:40)

    The five worst Amish foods? 🙂 As much as I love my Amish friends’ & neighbors’ cooking, there are a few foods I think only a genuine Amish person could like. I’m being kind of tongue in cheek here… and tongue is one of the foods I was thinking of. 🙂 Seriously, I was once presented with a nice slice of beef tongue!
    How about — 5 most popular Amish board games, 5 popular books read by the Amish, 5 Amish housekeeping or garden secrets, 5 Amish kitchen utensils not found elsewhere, or 5 Amish hobbies or past-times?
    Rebecca or Mark might be able to share some ideas, hint hint!

    • 5 worst foods, nice one 🙂 I’m sure you could fill out that list, but I’d have to think a lot harder. I’ve had tongue once before, not in an Amish home. I’ll just say the texture was tongue-y, and I wasn’t too fond of that.

      Those are some good ideas, you might see one or two of them here. In fact, we have done one of your suggestions already, albeit in shorter form: http://amishamerica.com/5-favorite-amish-pastimes/

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      Amish Girl-Rebecca
      Comment on 5 Points Posts (April-June) & Your Suggestions (July 4th, 2015 at 10:54)

      Beef Tongue, seriously, never crossed my tongue. You’d have to develop quite a “taste” for that one.Here’s my 5 least favorite foods that are considered Amish food.
      Church soup ( a milk and bread soup made for the little ones in church)
      Coconut Pie (or anything with coconut)
      Cold Banana Soup (bread, milk, and bananas, or other fruit, a cool summer supper dish)
      Pecan pie (it’s too sweet)

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on 5 Points Posts (April-June) & Your Suggestions (July 2nd, 2015 at 17:05)

    This is great, Erik, very handy to save for “reference” later.

    I like the idea of hymns, but I’d actually like to HEAR each one, which would be problematic (too technological), I’m sure!

    Oh-forgot to mention, Erik, I read your contribution to Suzanne Woods Fisher’s blog a couple of weeks ago. You do “get around”, don’t you?

    Alice Mary

    • Nice that you saw that Alice Mary. I don’t think I shared it here so here’s the link: http://amishwisdom.com/3-old-fashioned-ways-amish-communicate-erik-wesner/

      I’ve also got some guest posts coming out at Dutchcrafters.com: http://www.dutchcrafters.com/blog/

      Yes it is fun to guest here and there 🙂

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