We then came across a great place called Kettle Kitchen Village - it was a place full of shops, over 40 local shops in one outdoor shopping village, filled with homemade Lancaster County food, fresh baked goods and tasty canned goods - it was truly an awesome place and well worth a visit, it was a place to get buggy rides, have pony rides, there was a little farm area and playground for the kids it was lovely, the girls had a pony ride each of course.
Next stop back to the village for lunch then it was time to head to our official farm stay - our home for the next 3 days.
So we arrived at The Homestead our Amish farm stay for the next 3 nights/4 days, on arrival we met Martha our host, Martha is married to Stephen and they have 8 children (9 but the eldest boy died) ranging from 17 years to 23 months old, and each have a role in the family - the older girls help mum out and work outside the house but within the Amish Community, the boys help look after the farm, we were always seeing the older boys tending to the farm, mowing the lawns, milking Caramel the 3 teat-ed Jersey Cow, mucking out the stables etc, even Stephen Jr aged 5 had jobs to do, he took out the trash and collected the eggs, Ruby and Tilly took to Stephen Jr and Malinda (23 months) and helped Stephen Jr with his chores as well as playing with them all the time.
Ever seen a drive through Ice Cream shop? No well not only did the farm serve fantastic ice cream in the shop it also had a drive through, how cool is that? and what did we see, not a car that pulled up, but an Amish buggy, it pulled right up to the drive through window, they ordered their goods, paid for them and left, we were so glad to have witnessed this.
After our ice cream I dropped Mr C & the girls off at the farm driveway, whilst I went back to Intercourse for some needles to get started on my next knitting project with the Yarn I had bought earlier - I just couldn't wait to get started.
Whilst I was out, the girls got acquainted with the children, and helped milk Caramel, I joined them whilst Caramel was still being milked, which Ruby had a go at, we then visited the horses and the girls played in the barn, they also discovered a great play house.
After a lovely smorgasbord dinner at Shady Maples dinner it was time to retire - we'd had such a busy day it was lovely to retire to our room with no TV for distraction.