I’ve been playing hooky.
I guess you could say I’ve been doing “home business research”.
Amish home businesses.
In the spring and summer, the Amish locally often sell their excess produce and, in fact, plant enough for their own families (which are large) and whatever they think they can sell to passersby and friends they develop over the years.
So if you’re near an Amish country, you pick any day you’re able (I went last Saturday) and you start cruising the roads.
Some communities will have a centralized farmers market so that strangers don’t run over the chickens. But it’s also so that tourists don’t have to fear getting lost on a back road in a strange place.
Ours has a centralized market not far from the main road, but I’ve only seen it in passing.
I prefer to run the roads and squint at the little hand painted signs with scrawled black letters on white shingles.
Actually we look at multiple signs, there’s a little shingle for every thing they have left to sell and as a particular crop winds down, they take down that shingle and may put up another if a new crop is coming in or the last crop – cucumbers – is now preserved and available in a different form, i.e. pickles.
It’s nice to get away and see these home businesses at work and families at work.
And the farm fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and strawberries were great too!