Amish Snowbirds: Pinecraft, Florida
October 13, 2009 9:50 AM Subscribe
The season now approaches for snowbirds to make their way to warmer climes for the season. Among them will be members of Amish and Menonnite orders.
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In the 1920s, farmers were persuaded to come to Sarasota, Florida and begin using the land for agricultural purposes. Among the items surmised best to grow in the soil was celery, produce already commonplace in Amish farms in the northern bands of the US. And so, some made the trip to begin farming, only to later learn it was a scam, but the weather and surroundings enticed them to stay or visit on a regular basis. Pinecraft, Florida
is the winter home for many of these people.
As far as the scam went, there was celery farming that could be done, but it was very limited.
"Miss Pascal: What type of soil is it in Sarasota?
Mr. Haney: That's a muck. You see that was a drained lake. All
of the celery farming in Sarasota County
was in an old drained lake."
is a very small community
of about 500 homes in a planned grid. The streets are narrow and most travel by way of bicycle. Few live there year round, and many of the homes are rented to others within the order. Their most favorite pastime is shuffleboard
, though volleyball and horseshoes also have popularity among the residents.
Recently, winter preparations were made for the soon visiting travelers
. The Deacon for the local Amish congregation waited for a Pioneer Trails bus to come and deliver coffins