Amish Business

My Friend Ben Explains Amish Auctions (Video)

My Friend Ben Explains Amish Auctions (Video)

I had a blast doing this Q & A with my friend Ben while in Lancaster County last month. We recorded this while driving to a local horse auction. Ben explains the appeal of Amish auctions and answers some of my questions. He also shares a funny anecdote and we have some laughs. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did recording…

Amish On Using High Tech: “Out of sight” and “Respectfully”

Amish On Using High Tech: “Out of sight” and “Respectfully”

Lindsay Ems has a new book out called Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet’s Margins. A portion was adapted for an article in Wired magazine. I’m looking forward to reading this book, but for now I’ll share a couple of excerpts. This first one suggests the etiquette of using higher tech like smartphones within the community. “If you’re going to use it, don’t rub…

The Amish & Wealth (Video)

The Amish & Wealth (Video)

Some might assume that the Amish are not especially wealthy based on their lifestyle, which can seem austere by modern American standards. However, while there certainly are some Amish that live – at least technically – below the poverty line, many are also quite prosperous financially. Most Amish people like other Americans could probably be considered “middle class”. But there are also a good number…

Inside a Colorado Amish Furniture Store (Video)

Inside a Colorado Amish Furniture Store (Video)

I made this video showing the inside of Yoder’s Home Furnishings in Westcliffe, Colorado. You can also see a lot of amazing views of the area. Overall my visit to Colorado was a great trip and I was able to get around to four of the six Amish communities in the Centennial State. Visiting four communities out there is a bit more of a challenge…

What I Bought in 6 Amish Stores (Video)
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What I Bought in 6 Amish Stores (Video)

So I did a video recap of all the things I bought on my recent Kentucky-Ohio-Virginia Amish trip. You’ll see my haul from a total of six stores (plus one bonus stop in Kentucky that I explain in the video). I visited a couple of variety stores, a bent-n-dent food store, a large market and deli-style store, and two bulk foods places. But my Amish…

Are there Amish in New Jersey?

Are there Amish in New Jersey?

New Jersey is another one of those states that people think has or at least ought to have an Amish population (like Georgia). However, the Garden State does not. And not just that, I don’t believe it has ever in history had an Amish community…which is kind of surprising when you think about it being right next-door to Amish-loaded states Pennsylvania and New York. Amish…

The Unity, Maine Community Market Has Burned Down

The Unity, Maine Community Market Has Burned Down

This Amish market has become fairly well-known, featuring in media coverage over the years. It also became popular in its own right, thanks in part to its weekly Wednesday “Donut Day“. Sadly the news came today that the Unity, Maine Community Market rapidly burned down yesterday. From Bangor Daily News: UNITY, Maine — The Amish Community Market and Bakery in Unity burned down on Thursday,…

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Amish Pet Food Company Sales Shut Down By Judicial Order

There’s a dispute ongoing between two raw pet food companies with ties to one another. Answers is the name of the established company; Amish farmers in PA have supplied it with raw materials for its foods for years. Kure is the upstart brand founded by some of those same Amish suppliers last year. Apparently two sisters who worked for Answers left the company and began…

Popular Philadelphia Amish Sandwich Stand Closing Due To New Mandate
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Popular Philadelphia Amish Sandwich Stand Closing Due To New Mandate

I was sad to learn yesterday that my friend Mose Smucker is shutting down his sandwich and meats business at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia after 12 years. A new city vaccine mandate on food establishments (taking effect January 3rd) means The Grill @ Smucker’s will shut down for good on New Year’s Eve. Mose, who is 70, made it this far but it looks…