A carefully planned trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and Amish country for plants at Groff's Plant Farm took me back in time today.
We had to get reservations for the plant farm as they were monitoring how many people were wandering around the greenhouses (I counted 8 greenhouses separated by type of plants). This was in addition to the open air benches loaded with every plant appropriate for our growing area.
Not only is it great just to see all the hundreds of different types of plants, but just getting to the farm is a delight. I knew I was in Lancaster County the first time I saw fresh "road apples" on the road. Sure enough, there was a driver with his horse and buggy up ahead. This meant slowing down until it was safe to pass this vehicle, doing a max 10 MPH.
On the way back, I took some time to take pictures of the rolling countryside, barns, houses, cows, and Amish men working the fields. One had a horse-drawn spreader pulling a tank, which I believe was probably filled with the liquid manure they use to fertilize crops.
I came upon a 2 horse powered piece of farm equipment coming toward me on the other side of the highway. Just another day in the life of these salt of the earth farmers. .