The Amish farmers in Villages named Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, and Paradise are trying to live a simple farm life free of modern conveniences.

They will have you in love with Pennsylvania's Dutch Country with their handcrafts and cooking.
Their Traditions are of simplicity, but they have made concessions in the modern world; they have equipped their horse-drawn buggies with rear-view-mirrors and directional lights.   
Many Amish and Mennonite traditions include the horse.


On Sunday the young men of
Lancaster County borrow Dad's top-down buggy for a horse-drawn cruise around town.  Their Standardbreds high-step down Route 30.
The  Amish are expert horse trainers and each large farm might have as many as seven draft animals such as the Belgium or Percheron to pull the plows. They will also use two draft mules to pull winnowers, and they will have a trotter to pull the surrey used for the Sunday drive.


The young men will use the open coach in the Sunday courting ritual and prize the grace and spirit of their thoroughbred and Morgan crosses initially bred for harness racing.
Amish Penn Dutch of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Dutch Country
The Farming Traditions of the Amish of Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Amish of Pennsylvania Dutch Country: Traditions
Strasburg dinner train
The Penn Dutch Amish Family uses covered coach
The Amish tradition is to be self-sufficient.  Families teach the children the skills and crafts of farming, woodworking, baking, and needlework.  The roads of Lancaster County have craft shops and confection shops with goods that come directly from the farms
How to Reach Amish Penn Dutch Country:
By Auto:  From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Route 83 to York (Harley Factory). Route 30 to Lancaster,
From the north,: Route 95 to Philadelphia and then Routes 76, 202 and 30 to Lancaster. From the west, Harrisburg
By air: Philadelphia airport and rental car
As important as the draft animal is to the Amish, Cooking and Confections might be of equal importance.  These are traditions that the Amish brought from Germany over two hundred years ago.  Their children are taught to cook at a young age and they share in the farm work that provides most of the ingredients that they need.  Although the pastries are  very high in sugar content, an import, they otherwise supply the butter, eggs, milk, lard and cream that make up their Amish pastries, ingredients home grown with a German accent.  

Funnel Cake is a good example of high fat, high sugar pastry.
The cook makes an unleavened batter made with flower, butter, eggs, and milk and pours this through a funnel into hot cooking oil  (lard)   The cook works the funnel in a circular motion to form a round cake.   Deep fried until browned, the cook then dusts the cake  with powdered sugar.
The funnel cake is similar to fry dough but the unleavened batter makes the two slightly different

Shoo Fly Pie  is a southern sounding molasses pie

Whoopee Pie;  Two round bun-sized chocolate cakes or pumpkin cakes  with a cream filling
between the two.  
Amish Penn Dutch Cooking Traditions
Fasnacht.  (Fastnatch) these are doughnut like pastries often topped with powdered sugar.  They are prepared and served on Shrove Tuesday or Fastnacht day, the day before the start of lent.  The cook purges the larder of all the forbidden Lenten treats like lard, butter,and  sugar and makes this Shrove Tuesday tradition.

Apple Dumplings:   The cook wraps a pastry dough over a cored apple that is dusted with cinnamon.  Raisins may be included along with nutmeg,  the pouch is baked and may be served with ice cream.

Strudel:  Flour and butter dough is rolled out and filled with apples or another sweet filling,  or dairy cheese/cream cheese.   The pouch is folded and baked.   German Origin for the name strudel
Apfelstrudel
How to Reach Amish Penn Dutch Country:
By Auto:  From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Route 83 to York (Harley Factory). Route 30 to Lancaster,
From the north,: Route 95 to Philadelphia and then Routes 76, 202 and 30 to Lancaster. From the west, Harrisburg
By air: Philadelphia Airport and rental car
When to Go To Amish Penn Dutch Country:   April is a good month to visit because you might combine your visit to Amish country with a visit to Longwood Gardens where on the second or third week in April the tulip gardens are in full bloom.  Otherwise May until October are good months to visit and enjoy outdoor activities..
Photo, Bucks County Tourism
The Amish Penn Dutch of Lancaster County honor Traditions brought from Europe.  Pennsylvania Dutch Country farmers are self-sufficient and the families of Lancaster County teach the children skills  at an early age.  
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