Auction Day

auctionWe stopped by the annual auction at the Fivepointville Firehouse last weekend. There was an abundance of farm and garden equipment for sale, along with household materials, bicycles and buggies. There is a large Old Order Mennonite community in the Fivepointville area plus Amish so many people arrived by buggy or bicycle. It was a beautiful spring day to enjoy the action.

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bicycles (640x424)Old Order Mennonites ride bicycles in addition to using the black buggies (Amish do not ride bicycles). While Amish only use solid colors in their clothes, Old Order Mennonites dress plain but use small prints and different styles. Head dress is also different between the two groups. The round large brimmed straw hats in the top picture are Amish, while the black and natural straw hats with the more narrow brim are Old Order Mennonite.

Braids (1140x755) (2) (640x424)Don’t you love girls with braids?

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Aution Day buggy (1140x755) (2) (640x424)People arrived using all types of transportation. In general the black buggies are Old Order Mennonite and Pennsylvania Amish buggies are gray.

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sign (640x424)And a reminder to the buggy drivers!

Frosty Morn

Mennonite buggy 2013 (640x424)With temperatures hovering around freezing, it was a frosty morning for the horse pulling the Old Order Mennonite buggy. (The Mennonite buggies are black while Amish buggies in this part of Pennsylvania are gray.)

School’s Out

The Amish and Old Order Mennonite children enjoy a break from school during the summer. However, rather than spending time at the pool or playing video games, they are helping on the farm, working in the garden and manning the produce stands that are in front of many of the homes. Lancaster County has over 200 one-room Amish and Mennonite schools. More information on the Amish educational system and photos can be found here.

Tobacco Growing

The Amish farmers use tobacco as a cash crop and most dairy farms have several rows of tobacco  growing in front of the corn.The corn, which is plentiful in this area, is used to feed the dairy cows. While it has been a very dry summer, the corn is still green and our conditions do not compare to the current drought conditions in the mid-west. Praying for all of our farmers who face difficult growing circumstances but continue to work the land.

Getting Around Town

Some of the various type of Amish and Old Order Mennonite buggies in this area of Pennsylvania.

In the Adjoining Field…

In the field next to where the Amish farmer was baling hay in the previous post, his son was raking the hay in preparation for baling.

Hay Baling-Amish Style

Here are some photos of a local Amish farmer baling hay.

The hay is scooped up with the yellow roller and goes back into the baler.

Here the farmer is clearing the baler.

Time to turn and go the other way…

Now we will go the other direction.

Now watch….

Open wide…

Now it is time to close…

And on down the field.

Hay Raking

Local Amish youth using the draft horses to rake hay.

Spring Planting with Mule Power

It is time for spring plowing and planting. This is an Old Order Mennonite farmer with a team of five mules working his field.

There are two different “horse and buggy” groups who live in this area — Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite. They differ in their dress and customs but share many practices such as using the horse and buggy for transportation. Both groups grew out of the Anabaptist movement and share an agricultural heritage. I think they are planting tobacco in the photo above. Tobacco is used for a cash crop for many of the local farmers. Continue reading

Amish Schools

“Enter with a joyful countenance,” so notes a sign on the door of one of the 200 one-room schools serving the Amish community of Lancaster County. Continue reading