Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A Day At An Amish Farm
We got to go to a Amish farm last Friday for a homeschool field trip. Jeff got to go too, and it was a lot of fun! It was a bit of a cool day, so we had to bundle up. First thing we did was shake cream to make butter. All of us joined in with that, even the adults. It was fun, and afterwards we got to go into the farmhouse and watch one of the Amish ladies wash and work the butter to make it smooth. It was very interesting! Then we all piled onto a wagon with haybales and went into the woods. I was amazed at the horses that pulled us. There were about 20 of us, and the 2 draft horses pulled us through some major mud. We left 2 foot deep ruts in places, and they pulled us like we were light as a feather. Amazing animals! We got to go out into the woods and see maple trees tapped to collect maple syrup. Then we went into a sugar shack to see the maple syrup being cooked up. Boy did that place smell good! After that the kids got to collect eggs. The farm had a huge area with probably 100 or more chickens that roamed both inside and in the chicken house. There were lots and lots of eggs! The Amish family was so kind and giving, and they had us all come inside for a wonderful snack of cornbread, butter (the homemade stuff we all helped make), and real maple syrup from their trees. YUM! The kids then piled into a buggy and went for a buggy ride. It was a fun filled day, and we were there for about 3 hours. We all really enjoyed it! The video is of Evie shaking the cream to make butter. I was joking that she had to do it for an hour :). It actually only took about 15 minutes. Sorry it is sideways! I wasn't thinking about it actually being sideways until it came up that way! I haven't figured out how to change it. Oh well. The sound you are hearing on the video is windchimes. Aren't they pretty?