Of Vintage Cures and Curious Amish

Have you ever seen a curious Amish?

Usually Amish are quite reserved. And they would never pry into your business. But the other day I got my Amish neighbors to raise their eyebrows with a simple request as I paid them for that week’s milk…

“Let me know when the cows go out on your spring pasture – I’ve been wanting to try something with grass fed milk!”

I admit to stringing them out, ’cause I didn’t tell them WHAT I was going to do. They already know I make kefir, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt, butter, and icecream. I feel sorry if I gave them a sleepless night wondering what else their crazy English neighbor was going to do with their milk. But I couldn’t help it. I like me a good cliff-hanger. :)

Finally, last week, as I was fetching our weekly three gallons from the bulk tank, The Farmer peeked into the barn just to let me know that “the cows had been put out to pasture that week, so…”

Then he hung around waiting. I was kind and didn’t draw it out any longer. I told him I was going to try the Milk Cure.

After my explanation, he went off to finish his chores, and next thing you know, The Farmer’s Son came into the barn, just to let me know that “the cows had been put on pasture that week, so…”

I put him out of his misery by explaining the Milk Cure. Then they finally left me alone so I could concentrate on operating the spigot on the milk tank so I didn’t spill 500 gallons of milk all over the dairy floor.

This week, as I was once again crouched on the floor of the dairy, duking it out with the finicky spigot, The Farmer’s Wife and the Farmer’s little daughter walked all the way from the house to the barn just to say hi (never happens) and…to see what I was doing with this week’s milk.

I told them about the Milk Cure, too. But I think I’ll wait till tomorrow to give you the scoop, ’cause I don’t think it’s fair that the Amish should be the only one’s losing sleep about this thing.

And…I’m gonna go drink a glass of milk. (Do you hate me?)

Freedom

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  1. Claire says

    Kyle always returns my, “curiosity kills the cat,” with “satisfaction brought him back” and what a satisfied girl I am drinkin all this raw milk
    You better clue them in soon… C:

  2. says

    Can’t wait to read and share the follow-up post. ;) But you are too cruel. I won’t be crueler and taunt anyone with the knowledge that I found out this morning…ahem… ;)

  3. says

    I waited patiently until today… but you lied. *sob* I’m desperate to know the milk cure (perhaps it will cure my of this lingering cold? Oh, and maybe infertility too? *winks*)

    I did however, do something crazy and forced my husband and I to consume colostrum from our fresh heifer. I read that it is a huge immune booster and we’re in desperate need of fighting power. (perhaps we got that same strain of cold/flu/sinus that you guys fought off a couple months ago?)

    Anyways. Anytime that you want to tell us the secret… feel free!

    • Trina says

      I feel so guilty. Yet…I’m determined to take a day off the computer every week, and I forgot Wednesday was that day this week! Besides, I had a busy day – took my kids (and lots of milk) to the zoo! I promise the post TODAY! :)

      Love that you drank colostrum. Love when my friends do crazy things – makes me not feel lonely on this crazy journey LOL

  4. says

    Cruelty, thy name is Trina;)

    Louisa is going for our milk in about half an hour, and I’m going to have her ask when their cows are going out to pasture… just to see if “our” Amish friends have the same reaction!

  5. says

    Oh, so funny! We lived in Amish country (Lancaster County, PA) for three years when I was growing up, but I never met any curious Amish. But you’ve made me curious about the Milk Cure!

    (Trina – are you/were you on the Sensibility sewing forum? Your picture looks so familiar…)

  6. Robyn says

    Alright, I’m jealous. I wish I had access to enough fresh raw grassfed milk, because I would so do the milk cure right with you. :)

  7. says

    You are a cruel, cruel woman :-P

    We just got our first batch of “Farm Fresh” last week….so good to have REAL milk again!
    (posted the other day about it)