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An Amish garden in August, bustling and gleeful

Laura Anne Lapp in her family’s garden in Newburg, Pa., with sons Micah, 3, (foreground) and Thomas, 4, each with an armload of potatoes. Not only does she grow vegetables, but she also cooks and bakes, makes clothes, and tends to 18 egg-laying hens. (APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer)

By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer

The second corn crop is coming in and peaches are practically falling from the sky. There are tomatoes and cucumbers to pick, potatoes and carrots to dig, and for Laura Anne Lapp, it’s canning time.

“August is the busy season,” says Laura, 32, author of a new book called An Amish Garden, a month-by-month chronicle of a full year in her Cumberland County, Pa., garden.

Actually, every season is busy for this Old Order Amish wife and mother of three. She not only grows food and puts things up, she also cooks and bakes from scratch, makes clothes, and tends to 18 egg-laying hens and one noisy rooster.

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5 responses

  1. Reblogged this on A Random Harvest and commented:
    I’m working on a new post . . . in the meantime, this one is great! ~ Linne

    August 30, 2013 at 1:33 am

  2. Awwwwwww,..I always wished I could be Amish…Honestly, from the bottom of my heart…..I love the AMISH way/s…Specially the woman’s . 😀
    Now call me an Old Pervert ??? 😀

    August 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

    • i love the old ways too, could probably fit right in with their community 🙂

      August 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      • That is way, back in my glories days in Israel, I LOVED TO LIVE IN THE KIBBUTZ….First choice and my Nr 1 priority.
        I wouldn’t swap it for anything else, but live with a small community like Amish or Kibbutzim.


        August 31, 2013 at 1:57 am

      • 🙂

        August 31, 2013 at 2:03 am

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