We use alot of spices here in Hickery Holler. With all the cooking from scratch, baking and sausage making that we do.... several times a year O Wise One and I make a trip to Amish country. Here we can buy those things we use alot of in bulk saving us money.
We are fortunate to live close to Jamesport, Missouri which is home to the largest settlement of Old Order Amish in the state. The trip is like a trip back in time as we drive through the winding backroads passing large clapboard houses and huge barns. The countryside dotted with these huge white houses and surrounded by the trappings of country life. Clothes lines loaded with clothes drying in the fresh air despite the cold temperatures. Mountains of firewood split and ready out the back doors. Horses parked in driveways and parking lots and the roads littered with road apples (aka horse poop). Signs in front yards advertising everyhting from fresh yard eggs to quilts and woodworking items. We buy many things from the Amish. My dining room oak chairs were handmade by the Amish and are of a quality that you would rarely find in stores anymore. These are people that live as we do. A people of the land. A people that live separately from much of society and pride themselves on producing much of what they need in life.
A people that grow what they eat, sew what they wear and live in what they build. There are no designer labels, no chain restaurants, few cell phones or fancy cars. A people of family and god that is visible in how they live and who they are. The dedication of these people to their family and their faith humbles me everytime I travel to their community. I wonder could I live with no electricity and cars? Would I be willing to make these choices everyday for my faith?
O Wise One and I purchase our sea salt,cinnamon and spices, yeast and honey for a substantial savings and start the drive home. To the land of electric poles and pickup trucks. Each time we leave it is with a new appreciation for these simple people and their simple and I am sure difficult way of life.
For those of you who don't live near an Amish village try finding a bulk food source. You would be suprised at how much cheaper you can buy some things minus all that pretty packaging. Especially items that you use a lot of on a regular basis.
Blessings from The Holler
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