The Amish and earning a living

I’m sure you’ve noticed it costs a lot of money to live these days. Even if you’re a fairly subsistent farmer, there’re still items you cannot grow, taxes to be paid, doctor bills, and shoes for those children starting back to school. The Amish face an ever-increasing cost of living too. During my research trip to Maine, I spotted some interesting ways of raising cash. The area of Maine where I set Living in Harmony is home to lots of organic farms, including a few Amish farmers. Those bushes are blueberries, and they were delicious. Wood crafts are another idea, along with home-ground grains. That pony turns a huge fly-wheel/drive shaft which grinds whole wheat into flour. The Amish homeowner explained it was their idea of “horsepower.” Enjoy the photos, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter at I’m giving away 10 copies of Living in Harmony on August 15th. Enjoy summer–it’ll be gone before we know it!

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4 Responses to “The Amish and earning a living”

  1. I suspect that no one is immune to high prices even though amish mostly grow their own food. Dr.s visits and so many other things you cannot control the price of, so everyone has it harder.

    Hope to read Living in Harmony!


    Mary Ellis Reply:

    True, Loretta. They do grow most of what they need. But no one can grow it all. And with the high price of gas these days, people aren’t driving to produce and craft stands out in the country. Hope you enjoy LIving in Harmony.


  2. Did you hear about the new TV show on TLC about the Amish?


  3. LOVE the “horse power.” Thanks for sharing!


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