I was wondering this because when I get back home from college, I will be able to get off the required meal plan (SO EXCITED) and cook my paleo food exactly how I want! Not far from where I live, every weekend there is this huge Amish market with anything you would need, meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit that comes fresh every week. I've been trying to look up information Amish farming and their raising of cows, chickens, crops, etc.
I've learned they don't use pesticides, so I could go to them for vegetables, but I have a feeling they feed their animals grain and corn, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
So, I was wondering if there was anyone who has been to an Amish market at all? Do you any food their? Why or why not?
asked byKelly_1 (487)
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on June 23, 2011
at 12:44 AM
There's an Amish Dairy in Virginia Beach that still does home delivery in glass bottles. Their egg nog is thicker than normal cottage cheese. I can still hear the GLOP GLOP GLOP as it "poured" out of the bottle. It's amazing. Same with their chocolate milk. Oh, to move back there now!!! :-)
on June 13, 2011
at 06:13 PM
There are some Amish here in Southern MD, and I often get my butter, eggs, cheese, and produce from them. The prices and products have been great! I hear there's an illegal raw milk ring too, but I haven't gotten any.
on June 13, 2011
at 02:25 PM
No because, oddly enough, although we are less than an hour from the largest Amish settlement in the country (Wayne and Holmes counties in Ohio) they don't come this far east/north to our farmers' markets. The single exception to that is the Amish "farmer" at the Canton market who is - disgustingly - a reseller. Having said that, the farmer who sells us our beef and pork procures the Berkshires he raises every summer as piglets from an Amish farm and there are many who sell herd shares, they're just too far away from us to make weekly deliveries of raw milk feasible.
on May 29, 2011
at 11:15 PM
I live in PA and often buy from Amish farms directly or through several places in Lancaster PA that carry Amish goods. I agree with Alex above. Many Amish definitely use traditional agricultural practices (pesticides, herbicides, grain-feeding, etc.). You will definitely have to ask each one how they grow the food. A good source for finding local food grown the way you want is eatwild.com.
If you don't mind traveling to Lancaster, PA, a little grocery there called Expressly Local does the work for you and only sells vegetables, meat, cheeses, and other products that are non-chemical, non-grain fed, etc. It's a great little urban store on King St. and you can even get raw milk there.
The Amish are good business people. They know that people will buy from them because they think they are getting homemade or non-processed goods. There is a farm market in PA that has all sorts of meats, bakery products, etc. The meat counters have lovely sausages laid out and looking like they are freshly made by the Amish guy behind the counter. I laughed one day when I saw a freezer box truck pull up and unload many boxes of frozen sausages made by a company that was definitely not local. In their defense, they do post the ingredient labels but the sausages are made of the usual chemical mix.