What do eastern Lancaster County farmers do in December when the field work is finished?
For two weeks each December, several local farm stores hold an "Open House", where almost everything in the store is 10% discounted. One of them also offers a free lunch each day to their customers...provided by one of the many vendors that they sell products for.
Today, Jim and I went to stock up on supplies, like paper towels, milk filters, inflations, calf buckets, etc.
Lots of other people did the same thing. The buggy shed was full, and the grass was full of parked cars...
Oops...there's a smudge on my camera lens!
I really, really wanted to take a picture of the basement, where tables were set up for about 60 people. Most of the seats were full, but most of the customers were either plain Mennonite or Amish, and I just couldn't bring myself to be seen with my camera...they wouldn't have appreciated it at all. Instead, I took a picture of the delicious lunch we had. Amazing pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, pickles, macaroni and potato salad, chocolate milk, ice cream, cookies and coffee. As we were heading upstairs to make our purchases, the lunch line was still long, and the seats were filling back up again.
Next week we'll head to what we call "the Amish Walmart" for another open house. They don't provide lunch, but coffee and homemade Amish donuts are worth it!
I guess it's a good way for these businesses to make you feel better about spending your money!