A Community Within A Community

One morning we took a little drive out to a local Amish community because I guess they usually have really good deals in their grocery stores.  Actually I’ve never visited an Amish community and that’s the real reason we headed out there.  The deals at the stores were just a cover up.  Though I’m not sure who I was trying to use the cover up on.  Myself I guess.  Anyway, I wanted to take pictures because I knew there would be some cool images I’d want to remember but when I got there I just felt like some big creep invading their privacy.  So most of these pictures (the ones of actual people) are courtesy of my sister who was better at getting the pictures without drawing attention.

First of all, it was really cold.  And windy.  Windy and cold, and I understand they don’t use modern technology like electricity but there’s no way I’d want to put these on when they finished drying.  Partly because I don’t think they could get fully dry in this kind of weather, especially the blue jeans.  I’d definitely want to put them next to a fire first.  But I’m a pansy like that.

We  get to the store and see this:

And when you look closer, just a little further down you see this:

Not something you see everyday.  Can you imagine the poor kid that works at the store thinking his job would just be to bag groceries and help carry them out for little old ladies.  Then he finds out he also has to be the horse pooper scooper?  Tough break kid.

Inside the store we found some niffty little gems:

You may not be able to see the writing very well but we have green bean crisps, squash chips, purple sweet potato chips, and okra chips.  Hmm, sounds yummy.  I’m not understanding why the green bean bag costs $7.31.  I thought green beans were pretty common everywhere and would be the cheapest out of the four.  Guess not.  Well, I guess I now know I’d lose if I ever was a contestant on the Amish version of the Price is Right.  My little mountain climber wouldn’t have a prayer.

If dried vegetables aren’t your thing, check out their gummy selection.  Missed breakfast?  No problem, have some fried eggs:

Not sure your teeth are up for the challenge?  Try some of theirs:

I don’t know what to say about the chicken feet there on the right.  I would like to know why the teeth are only $.88 while the others are closer to the $2 mark.

Thirsty?  Try this line of soda and don’t worry, it’s good for you:

Here are some of the locals:

A few days later my sister and I were in Staples and were standing by an Amish couple who was returning a fax machine/scanner.  I kid you not.  Maybe they were part of a less strict group?  I don’t know but not something you see every day.

Heading out we were behind this guy:

I thought this was a pretty cool shot showing the contrast in lifestyles between the Amish and others in the community.  As we got closer I noticed this:

The buggies have license plates and side mirrors.  The side mirrors make total sense but the license plates make me scratch my head.  I don’t know why exactly.  I guess I just assume, maybe ignorantly, that they don’t get in accidents very often.  I mean it’s a buggy for crying out loud.  It’s not like it comes out of nowhere going 70 mph. *shoulder shrug*

There’s more to come from my little trip to Charleston.  Phew, I know, no doubt you’re all on the edge of your seats.

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5 thoughts on “A Community Within A Community

  1. I might just do a new post that links to your post! You’re making it too easy for me! btw…it’s getting into the upper 40’s today and tomorrow it’s supposed to start a trend of 50’s…waaaahoooo! Something’s wrong when those temperatures excite me. Yikes.

    You should totally link it. It’s been in the 50s here the past few days and it feels like heaven. I’m very excited for summer.

  2. I went to an Amish community in upstate NY once. It’s super interesting, and the little shops are really fun to look around.

    I sort of regret not buying one of their homemade pies or some fresh bread. Next time.

  3. My niece lived in Lamoni, Iowa for a while, and they said that those buggies get in accidents often. They said they drive kinda crazy. I guess alcohol isn’t contraband in their communities, and drinking and buggying isn’t against the law. Very interesting lifestyle!

    Really? That’s interesting. I was kind of thinking it had more to do with getting taxed by the Illinois government but I guess there could be a lot of reasons.

  4. My mom grew up in Pennsylvania and everytime we went there to visit her family, we would swing by the Amish villages (my mom is an apple butter addict). To this day whenever I see an Amish village I become enthralled, I don’t know why. It’s not like I would ever want to be without electricity and such, but I guess I’m always amazed that people can still live like that today when we’re being bombarded by technology.

    And gummy fried eggs? I’m intrigued and disgusted at the same time.

    I’m interested too but don’t think I’d last much more than a day. The fried eggs just looked gross. Kind of like the plastic food you buy for your kids play kitchen set.

  5. I am not sure about other areas, but I have been spending a lot of time in Pennsylvania…there seems to be a heavy population of Amish…

    I think the teeth creep me out a little and Ill make sure, when my kid hunts for his first job, that he looks for a sign like this before accepting any position.

    I’d kind of like to visit some of the Amish communities in Pennsylvania someday. I’m going to be looking for signs like this too. You can never be too careful.

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