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An Amish Harvest

It is the harvest season in Amish Country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Enjoying a rainy day with a dear friend, a short visit through the rich farmland and the large homesteads impressed me as to how hardworking the Amish are.

The Amish Church originated in Switzerland in 1693, and many migrated to Pennsylvania in the 1720’s. Known for their simple ways of living, plain dress, and shunning modern conveniences in their home, the Amish are 250,000 strong. With the largest community in Lancaster County, the lifestyle of an earlier century survives in the 21st century. Oddly enough, there are no Amish in Europe in current day. All of the Amish reside in either the United States or Canada.

Of Swiss-German descent, the Amish maintain their Pennsylvania Dutch language at home, and speak English outside of the household. School is offered through the eighth grade, when the children are released to work on the family farm. Taking an Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Ride located next to the Plan & Fancy Restaurant that was featured on the Travel Channel Show Man vs. Food, we had the opportunity to visit a dairy farm inΒ Intercourse, PennsylvaniaΒ and to get close and personal with their way of life.

The harvesting of the field corn is a full family effort. Their father is out in the field with a mule team using a thrasher that knocks down the corn stalks and culls the corn ears into a large collection bed.

The older son then comes to collect the corn bin to store the corn cobs in the barn. With his little brother in tow, he worked steadily to get the crop in for the winter.

Then using an air compressor to energize the corn conveyor belt each ear of corn is painstakingly moved onto the belt to be moved onto the huge pile of corn in the barn.

That is one huge pile of corn !

One can only be impressed by the amount of work just a small family can accomplish. In current day, about 50% of the Amish population continue to farm, while the remaining Amish find work in construction, retail and other related industries. Much of the Lancaster farmers are dairy farmers growing corn, alfalfa and hay for cow feed.

Rain or shine, the Amish work their farm knowing that their livelihood depends on it. I bet they sleep well at night after a good day of work!

To see my photo gallery from this photo field trip, please visit my smugmug website:

Amish Country by Bella Remy Photography

32 replies »

  1. In the 1980s, some of the Amish started moving from North America to South America. I am not sure if they have since then moved back but as recent as three decades ago – the Amish did not live solely in North America. Interesting post!

  2. an Amish cart maker made my cart for the time when i was driving in competition in Combined Driving Events – what a beautiful piece of craftmanship – and what a spendid way to enjoy what was once a piece of America – hook your harnessed horse to a small cart and drive to your intended destination – you move thru life at a pace few can appreciate at this time

  3. What a lovely and interesting post and some great shots,,, πŸ™‚
    The conveyor belt to the corncobs is that electrically, so they use a little “modern” energy …? πŸ™‚

  4. I have always had such a fascination with the way of life of the Amish community. Thank you for these delightful, charming pictures Bella! What a privilege for me to see a day in the life of these kind folks. Hugs, Sharon

  5. What a great post! I have long been fascinated by the Amish. It’s quite amazing that the community continues to thrive in the midst of a wider culture that is so very different. There have been several recent TV programmes in the UK about the Amish and they have received high viewing figures, a nostalgia for a simpler way of life??? It is surprising that there are no Amish left in Europe. I wonder what led them to leave to settle in America in the first place??

    Great photographs. A real window into a very different world.

    Love Corinne

    • Hi Corinne ! It’s wonderful to see you. I do know there was a bit of discord in the Amish and the Mennonites spun off the original church. Each community can create their own rules which complicates things even further. For that time period, America was the land of promise and they could get large tracts of land to settle on.
      There is a new tv show here called “Breaking the Amish” which shows three Amish children who have just come of age and moved to New York to see what modern life is like. They’ve let loose quite a bit as you can imagine. Truly, the Amish is a fascinating culture and somehow it manages to thrive.
      Thanks for visiting, I’ve been thinking of you and need to catch up with that kind nomination that you presented to me. Bella

  6. Recently there was a documentary shown over here about some modern day teenagers who went to live with the Amish for a few weeks. They went from being stroppy and generally lazy and not being able to do without ipads, cell phones etc to becoming hard working and respectful in just a few weeks. Mind you, how they fare when they get back to their normal lives will be interesting to see. But it was an interesting experiment. A great post by the way.

    • Hi Dan, I’m in the Mid-Atlantic – Maryland just outside of Annapolis. This visit was in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Didn’t know the Amish made it to Minnesota and Wisconsin. But I bet great farming country. I’d imagine they have a non-Amish work the truck for them. They can ride in it, but can’t drive.

  7. Strictly a curious consideration. Most; not all, cultures and subcultures in a country are willing to declare some loyalty to the nation they live in. I’m up here in Canada. In my specific neck of the woods there are many Mennotite settlements. None seem to ever fly the Canadian flag. Do you find similar or differing conduct with the Amish with regards to the American flag?

    • That is a really interesting observation and one I haven’t thought of before. I do know that they do not receive social security payments, but don’t know if they pay income tax. They do seem like a country within a country. Worth looking into. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I enjoyed very much your post on the Amish. I live in Pennsylvania and have visited there community on many occasions. I even was able to take one of their buggy rides.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  9. Nice post. I’ve been to Lancaster PA on a trip many years ago. I thought it was quite beautiful…and I had the best glass of lemonade ever at a little country store! Definitely makes you look at the simple things a little differently.

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