"The Cabin" serves as the sales office for the greenhouse and for the produce which is kept in a cold storage facility located behind the building.
Note the "Porta-Potty" for the convenince of shoppers and workers.
I wish that I had photos of my three companions of the afternoon. Since they are Amish, I couldn't offend them by flourishing a camera.
There are a number of people in our area who make a bit of money by transporting the Amish families on the errands where a horse and buggy wouldn't be practical.
Daily we see an old van going by which takes several young men to work on a neighboring farm.
Others take the Amish men to work at a furniture factory near town and deliver them home again.
On Friday afternoon our neighbor, Joe Yoder, phoned and asked J. if he could drive him in to the bank and then to Wal Mart. J. was not especially busy and was happy to do so.
[Apparently the usual drivers have been much in demand and not always readily on call.]
Joe offered him 10 dollars--the standard fee for that distance. J. declined but told Joe he would appreciate his help when the basement family room is finished and furniture needs to be moved down the stairs.
This morning Joe's wife, Delilah, phoned to ask if she could have a ride to Russell Springs to pick up frozen fruit and several boxes of tomatoes.
J. volunteered my services.
Joe gets off work at 2:30 and would be home to stay with the three little boys.
[Sylvanus, Ephraim and Enoch.]
Joe and Delilah's two oldest children are girls--Elizabeth and Caroline.
[Lest you wonder, there are five children and the oldest is barely 7!]
If I had any qualms, they vanished when I saw the little girls who were obviously freshly dressed and combed, beaming at me in happy anticipation of their outing.
Their identical frocks and pinafores, ankle length, were of a soft golden brown. Their curly hair was braided and tucked under sheer white caps which tie under the chin. Each carried the traditional stiff black formal bonnet which the Amish women wear to church or in public.
Delilah, who is a portly young woman, wore a dark green gown in the traditional Amish style--full pleated skirt, high neckline and long sleeves, with a detachable matching over-bib. She also was carrying her black bonnet.
[None of the three donned their bonnets at any point and I didn't like to inquire about proper bonnet etiquette.]
As we settled ourselves in the car, after various admonitions regarding our route, helpfully supplied by Joseph, I realized our destination was the area of Mennonite-owned shops in Casey County--about 30 miles away.
These enterprising families own a splendid greenhouse, garden seed sales and fresh produce outlet, a bakery and bulk foods store.
J. and I have been there several times and the photos on this post are from our visits there earlier in the season.