Happy Tuesday, readers,
Today I’m trying to catch up on writing before the national ACFW conference in Indianapolis. But I’ve rather neglected my blog lately! I wanted to share a few more interesting facts that I learned from Linda Hitchcock from Glascow, Kentucky. Linda helped me tremendously while I was researching the Old Order Mennonites for A Little Bit of Charm. Many of the Amish farmers in Linda’s area have started growing strawberries commercially, while others have built hothouses to extend their growing season. Frequently raised vegetables are rhubarb, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, and pepper varieties. Here’s a photo of me standing in a field of soybeans.
Also I learned about another way the Amish make a living–bookmaking. A cobbler near Sheridan makes gorgeous, fit-like-a-glove leather boots. The boot-maker traces the customer’s feet for the pattern and sets to work. Then you go back a second time to pick them up. They won’t be cheap, but they also won’t hurt your feet.
I hope you’re all enjoying these warm days. It’s finally summer in Ohio! And the calendar says practically fall. Happy reading! Mary