Arthur, IL Amish Country

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Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. It has been uneventful on the homestead. Thankfully, we are getting some cooler temperatures and lower humidity. It’s feeling like Fall!

Mom planted our Fall garden in her little garden. We think the soil is better there and it seems to be doing well so far. We had our soil in the big garden tested and are going to have to work on it. We want to do back to Eden gardening. I believe that is the best method. We just have to find a tree service company to get the wood chips from. If you are reading this and you are from the Brookhaven, MS area and know where we can get wood chips, please let me know.

This past weekend my family and I traveled to Arthur, IL Amish Country. We happened upon this community back in August when we took my grandparents to Shipshewana, IN. Since we didn’t have much time in Arthur then, and my dad wasn’t with us, we decided to take a weekend trip and go back.

We left around 5am on Friday. We reached Cairo, IL around the time we needed to eat lunch. Since my dad hadn’t been to Fort Defiance, where the OH River meets the MS River, we decided to picnic there. We always take food for snacking and lunch. We try to only eat out once a day on trips. That way we can control what we put in our bodies. We even take our own water. We save our glass kombucha bottles and fill them from our Berkey water filter. Even Miss Priss drinks this water and has special meals I prepare for her.

It was nice and cool for our picnic. We ate while looking out over both rivers. We were able to walk around and stretch our legs some too. When we first arrived there were other people there. After they left I was able to let Miss Priss run free for a little while. She loved that since she STRONGLY dislikes her harness and leash.

From Cairo we traveled to Effingham where we checked in at our hotel. When coming off the interstate ramp into town, my parents spotted a K-Mart. Since these stores have all closed in our area I was excited to find one. They carry a certain style of shirts I like. After checking in at the hotel we did some shopping there. I was able to get several shirts and dad also found some bargain shirts.

On Saturday we traveled the forty-five minutes or so on to Arthur. We drove the back roads all day looking at Amish farms. There were lots of Amish on the roads in their buggies. We visited several stores where we could purchase their produce. We found a wonderful health food store! We found items there that we normally get in Jackson, MS, and they were less expensive than what we have to pay here. We stocked up on some things we couldn’t pass up. It was a neat place.

We ate supper at Yoder’s Restaurant. It is owned by a lady who was raised Amish. I don’t know if she is Amish presently or not. She started out as a waitress in this restaurant in 1994. In 2002, she had the opportunity to buy the restaurant and did. In 2016, they expanded the building to accommodate up to eighty-five more people, as well as a carry out area. The food is Amish home cooking buffet style. It was delicious! If you’re ever in Arthur, IL, or even close, be sure you eat at Yoder’s Restaurant.

Sunday we left Effingham around 7am and traveled all day. We arrived home around 5:30pm. It was a good trip. That’s our last trip until November, when we will be going to the Homestead Fair in Waco, TX. We’re excited about that!

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, visit my website at homesteadnutrition.com. Have a healthy and blessed week!

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