This past weekend Friday 11/12-11/14, I went to Lancaster, PA. We have not been there for a few years. It was lovely and the weather was great. I went to the mall, farmers market, an antique place, other stores and just had a good time. We also went to Kitchen Kettle where they have different stores and a place where they make jams, jellies, pickles, bread, cookies, and what ever else they make. The women who are Amish, make the jams and other things in these special things they use. Everything that is made has to be timed.. I tell you, they work very hard. Cleaning up is not easy either. They scrub those big things that they cook in. I don't know if you have been there, but if you don't live far, you should go. They are closed on Sundays as many of the other attraction things are, too. It is their day of rest. Amish people don't work on Sunday.
Many bus tours go on Saturdays and it is nice for the stores to make money. People love Kitchen Kettle. They put samples out for people and believe me, I think they sample more than buy LOL. I did buy a ginger bread cookie and decorated it as they would like a cake for a dollar. It was good. A girl was also doing the same thing decorating a cookie.
No photos are allowed at all since the Amish believe in no images as it is written in the 10 commandments. They do believe in that very strongly. There is a sign with a camera with a circle around the camera and the sign says NO PHOTOS PLEASE and how can anyone miss that. People who are tourist from other countries and this one still take them. If people who can't read English and take the photos, there is nothing one can do, but I think the tour guide should tell them in their language. People should respect their wishes. They are not there for display and I think people want to take the photos due to how they make the things. I was talking to one of the ladies who work there who is not Amish about the photo taking. It is really rude of people.
I did buy kettle corn from a stand this guy was working in before we left. They do sell ice cream, but I didn't have any, but did some time ago. I did have ice cream at another place. The farmers market was nice, too, and had a sandwich. It was chicken salad, but too much mayo, It seems they made it themselves. The Amish people worked that area. Most of the farmers market has Amish people working there. They don't go to college and only go to school up to 8th grade. They feel the work is more important than attending college, but I also think where would they go if they did not want to study with other people who are not Amish. They go to one room school houses.
They go out into the world to see if they want to live like that or join the church and get baptized. Most do join the church meaning living like an Amish person would. I met an Amish couple some months back and she told me her daughter is not Amish and they don't shun her. She told me don't always take in what you might read or hear. I guess her child did not want to live this way. It is not easy...as I would think. It is a life they want to live like 19th century living. No lights, horse and buggy, dressing very modest and other things they do differently. Each order of Amish is different.
The most Amish people living in the USA is in Ohio. I was in Indiana once and yes, there are Amish people. I went to a historical sight they put out for a museum type thing. It was very interesting. I have not been back since. That is all for now. Remember....Sunday things are closed for most part. You have to really research what is open on certain days. Take it easy. We live about 4 hours with stopping from there. Yes, it is far, but fun.