September 6th, 2014


The English and the Amish

Cat Lady and I had a very busy morning at Verdant View.  She of course loved the 15 (or so) cats, and even warmed up to the (pygmy?) goats.  The newborn calf, named Phenom, weighed 130 pounds and could already walk at birth.  The baby cows were surprisingly strong when we bottle-fed them.

We learned that the majority of the corn that seems to grow everywhere here is destined for cattle feed, and that the second-most abundant crop here, tobacco, is extremely labor-intensive to both plant and harvest, making it an ideal fit for the Amish.

The fourth-generation farm appears to be successful for the English (i.e., non-Amish) family, who employ a good handful of people, including an Amish kitchen team who cooks for the staff and guests.  Breakfast was quite a lavish affair.

We had already pre-purchased a package at the Amish Experience, which had made a point of arriving by 2, so as to be done with all of the activities by their 5:30 close.  We actually got there at 12:30, and really should've taken more notice at the woman's confusion when she printed out the individual activity tickets.  By 4:30, we were both beat, (I'd been up since 2am), and somewhat Amish'd out, but there was one more pair of timed tickets, for 5:40.  We decided to pass the time with booze, (I had the local Lancaster Strawberry Wheat), and arrived at the venue easily in advance of the appointed hour.  It started to become clear that no guide was showing, and we were tired and tipsy and annoyed.  By 6, we managed to find a manager, who started to try the route that the differential cost on the one event over the whole discounted package amounted to one dollar.  When Cat Lady countered with the equally-unreasonable approach of charging back the entire day's purchase, he suddenly changed his tune and offered to reschedule, or $10 cash, and we accepted the latter.