23 responses to Amish Life in Winter: Q-and-A with Amish-raised Marie Graber (31 Photos)
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    Comment on Deep snow on roads (February 21st, 2018 at 14:32)

    Deep snow on roads

    Do the Amish have a way to plow snow on their country roads?

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    Comment on Partnering (February 21st, 2018 at 17:51)



    I am looking to establish a relationship with an Amish producer
    of polywood out door furniture for resale in New Jersey. Please
    let me know.


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    Comment on Winter (February 21st, 2018 at 20:49)


    I did a visit session this past week and found many were working on quilts this winter. The quilting frames were up in several homes I was told. Quilting bee’s are popular. The children said the had shelled a lot of corn this year and many were making greeting cards for sale and doing jigsaw puzzles. Some men reported making items for mud sales and keeping their tools in shape with good handles and sharpening. The harness maker I visit was still doing his usual making harnesses both leather and synthetic neoprene. I also noticed he had a few leather belts for sale. He said he mails them out to California. The greenhouse owners were cleaning this week. Next week they start some seeds. This week I noticed some were tapping the sugar maple trees. One Amish guy said he used the stove in the greenhouse to boil down the sap. Two birds -one stone…

    Of all the buggy’s, in my area it seems the Nebraska orders have the open front buggy’s while most other’s sport closed cabs.

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      Comment on Winter activities (February 22nd, 2018 at 09:38)

      Winter activities

      I like visiting my farmer friends in the winter for activities like these and also because they simply have more time compared to the busier months in the farming schedule. Had a chance to join in the sugar maple tapping which is its own adventure (especially since the maple trees were mostly all located on the steep riverbank).

      Quilt in frame photo if someone would like to see what Jerry is talking about: http://amishamerica.com/amish-home-quilt/

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    Colin McGee
    Comment on Games played in winter (February 22nd, 2018 at 10:16)

    Games played in winter

    Very interesting article, thank you. I just wanted to say that the thought of Amish folk playing Monopoly made me smile – it seems so opposite to everything they stand for!

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      Comment on Monopoly alternatives played by Amish (February 22nd, 2018 at 10:32)

      Monopoly alternatives played by Amish

      Glad you liked it Colin, well the church community and mutual aid are important concepts for the Amish which influence their behavior, but they are still capitalist 🙂

      You’ll also find people playing Farmopoly and Life on the Farm, 2 Monopoly alternatives.


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      Comment on Amish Life in Winter: Q-and-A with Amish-raised Marie Graber (31 Photos) (February 27th, 2018 at 09:47)

      Ha ha we always got pretty rowdy with our Monopoly games. Amish kids fuss and fight just like your average American child!

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    Comment on No gloves? (February 26th, 2018 at 14:54)

    No gloves?

    Is it a rule not to where gloves while doing laundry? That seems harsh. I’m sure people toughen up but imagine how much easier it would be with a simple pair of gloves.

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      Comment on Gloves for laundry (February 27th, 2018 at 08:47)

      Gloves for laundry

      I’ve never heard of anything like that, I may be wrong regarding some churches but I don’t see how basic gloves would be objectionable since they are just a simple and useful tool, and going without something for the sake of making things more difficult or painful is not really the point of Amish church regulations. Maybe it makes handling the clothes and pinning them too difficult.

      But good observation, seems like it would make things nicer, unless the gloves themselves became wet and that itself became even more uncomfortable.

      Perhaps Don could ask Marie next time they are in touch.

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on Amish Life in Winter: Q-and-A with Amish-raised Marie Graber (31 Photos) (February 27th, 2018 at 08:47)

      There is no rule against not wearing gloves. Gloves get WET hanging up wet wash. My wife experimented with water-proof gloves but felt she could not get along with them. Marie might not have said it, but in many areas when it gets seriously cold, wet wash is hung up to dry in a wash-house or shop. Most Amish homes have an interesting collection of drying racks and indoor washlines.

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      Comment on Amish Life in Winter: Q-and-A with Amish-raised Marie Graber (31 Photos) (February 27th, 2018 at 09:44)

      Gloves will only get wet and make you colder! There is no rule against using gloves. We would sometimes hang the laundry in the basement when it was extremely cold.

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        Comment on She did say they were not allowed (February 28th, 2018 at 08:28)

        She did say they were not allowed

        She did in fact say they were not allowed according to what I read. So deciding whether or not wet gloves work is a personal issue, as well as not using waterproof gloves, neither of which do I fully comprehend but that doesn’t really answer the question as to whether or not it is a rule. Erik seemed to say it wasn’t a rule. I still don’t know for sure.

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          Comment on Gloves and laundry (March 19th, 2018 at 10:18)

          Gloves and laundry

          No she said “you can’t wear gloves” in reference to hanging out laundry, not that they aren’t allowed to wear gloves. Wearing gloves while handling wet laundry would not only be very cumbersome (awkward) but in freezing weather would make the hands so cold so quickly as to make the chore almost unbearable. Better to make a quick job of it while you can use your fingers whereas wet gloves can get excruciatingly cold very quickly which is very painful. I’m a Kansas country girl with a clothes dryer but I have chores to do year round. You learn to do things more quickly in winter. I enjoyed the interview with Maria. Thanks Erik!

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    Gene. McCarthy
    Comment on Fascinated with my ancestors (February 26th, 2018 at 17:04)

    Fascinated with my ancestors

    Hello…I live in Sedona, Norther Arizona. My ancestors (Anabaptist/Mennonites) settled in Lascaster County. In the mid-1700s. It’s difficult to imagine the hardship they experienced. I’m fascinated with the sects that settled our country. Hardy God fearing people. Thank you for great photos.
    Gene McCarthy
    Proud decendent of Reverend Hans Jakob Hess (RIP)

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    Mark — Holmes Co.
    Comment on Amish Life in Winter: Q-and-A with Amish-raised Marie Graber (31 Photos) (March 1st, 2018 at 07:52)

    She said you “can’t” wear gloves, as in “cannot,” not “may not.” I am Amish. Trust me, there is no rule a person may not wear gloves to hang out laundry! Read Marie’s comment — “There is no rule against using gloves.”

  • Eric

    Why are the Amish exempt from Photo to Identical themselves?
    It’s Ridiculous, having a Photo ID is not getting carry away, its for everyones protection.

    You think that Trump would rub in my point further.

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    Comment on just wondering (March 23rd, 2018 at 22:47)

    just wondering

    Would this be rude if I inquired why Marie left the Amish? Also is she married and does she have children? I have been fasinated by the simplicity of Amish and just don’t understand some of the beliefs of lack of education after grade eight and having such large families. Woman/girls an can reproduce from approx age 11-50. This makes for an exhusted and overworked body. It would seem sensible to most that an egg and a sperm can reproduce and despite any religious belief if you engage in intercourse you can become pregnant every 9 1/2 months. And why on earth dont they care for the childrens teeth properly. I brought 100 toothbrushes and toothpaste to a Amish man I do business with and pleaded with him to hand out and explained about tooth decay and oral hygiene. The Amish consume large amounts of sugary foods pies cakes rootbeer cookies etc. The decaying teeth on these young people must be painful. Yes I am in the medical profession and it seems like such a simple task, pray before you eat, check daily chores check and bible study check and oral hygiene as well as bathing these children.

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    Comment on Rumplestiltzkin? (July 3rd, 2018 at 17:32)


    My deepest apologies to Erik, the readers, and esp. to my writing partner Marie. I feel like Rumplestiltzkin — just woke up and noticed that I must have slept through it all. For some reason I don’t get notices when new comments are posted to the articles, but even so I try to check back regularly to interact with the readers — and I just blew it on this one.

    Thank Erik for including this article in AA. I want to especially thank Marie for working with me on this project — it was fun. Sorry I left it to the two of you to field the responses without me.

    I promise to try to do better in the future. 😉

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