The craftsmanship put into making these can’t be compared to anything from a factory. These are far more beautiful, unique, have more texture, and are built to the highest quality.
As I walked into the very modest shop of Grandpa and Grandma Miller, I was first greeted by their incredible smiles. The only lighting was that of the wall of windows lining the edge of their shop. I looked over to see Grandma Miller carefully placing each piece together to create an intricate design, while Grandpa Miller was hand nailing the trim together on another piece.
Grandma and Grandma Miller, as they like to be called, are a wonderful Amish couple that live far out in rural northern Missouri. As with all Amish in this area, they live off the land with no power or modern conveniences. They hand cut and hand make everything you see. These skills have been passed down from many generations and Grandpa and Grandma Miller are now passing the barn quilt skills to their children and grand children.
Grandpa Miller explained to me that it is important to create a nice pattern because you want to enjoy looking at it and talking about it.
They shared with me that they continue to discover new patterns and styles the more they create the barn quilts. Their enthusiasm with these was infectious. I left wanting to decorate my whole home with barn quilts.
They are called barn quilts because they are made from old barn wood and come together in the same designs as quilt squares. This combines the beauty and style of a quilt with the warmth and texture of the wood.
We hope that you feel a little bit of Grandma and Grandma Miller in each item you add to your home. And just to remind you who made it, Grandpa Miller created a stamp to go on the back.
When I asked the Troyer sisters how they make their jam, they responded, “The same way we have for 50 years!" Jam is in their blood. They are passionate about it and every ingredient.
They don’t sit down until the jam is perfect and filled with just the right amount of flavor. They said to me, “We don’t want just any jam where the flavor settles at the bottom. We shake it until it’s so firm we can’t shake it anymore. That way it’s filled with flavor from top to bottom!”
The berries are home grown and fresh. Each berry is hand smashed to make just the right pulp. Then it is boiled until “It just looks right” as Katie described it. It is like getting a recipe from grandma. Add a little of this and a little of that and stir it til it’s perfect!
Every batch of jam is filled with flavor and has a fresh taste. There are no machines used in the making of this jam. It is cooked on a traditional wood stove where they have to burn just the right amount of wood to make sure the temperature holds properly. They have it mastered!
Katie looked at me and said, “We have made thousands of pints of jam on that trusty stove!”
The Troyer girls, as they are called by the locals, are two sisters that were the very first Amish to settle in Lamoni, Iowa. They are quite proud that they settled here and are so happy to have moved from Michigan to this beautiful place.
Since their arrival 23 years ago, they have had many Amish followers, and we now have a large Amish community of talented individuals, but they hold the award for the best jam!
These Amish rugs will warm your feet and bring a one-of-a-kind touch to your home.
As I walked through the door of their traditional Amish house, Francis brought out 3 stacks of rugs and set them on the dining room table. All 8 children gathered around to see which colors we liked best. All 8 children participate in the making of the rugs. They are excited to take the loom from mom and learn a skill that can only be passed down through many generations.
There are no two rugs alike. Each one is made from a heavy material and woven tightly to create a sturdy, high quality rug. These rugs are heavy duty, sturdy, and woven tightly.
When I asked how they make them, Francis said, “Oh, on a traditional loom.” This is not some modern machine or computer run loom. This is a wooden hand-made loom that has been used for more years than anyone remembers. The foot pedals are worn from years of feet pressing on them.
The fabric they use has variations in color and texture, so it is an art to weave just the right pieces together in order to create a balanced rug filled with character.
The Swartzentruber family have so much life and love in them. Francis moved with her family from Ohio to Lamoni, and Jon moved from Michigan with his family. They met here in Lamoni, Iowa and now are married with 8 children. While Francis mainly makes the rugs, they involve their whole family in this craft to teach the children a skill they can use for a lifetime.
These incredibly designed and high quality Amish cutting boards, trivets, and rolling pins provide you function and beauty all in one.
They are made locally in northern Missouri by the Gingerich family. As with all Amish products, the talent to make these has been passed down through the generations, and wood working is a skill they have mastered.
Each cutting board, trivet, or rolling pin is carefully designed and put together to bring you and your family a quality you can be proud to share.
There is no factory that could possibly put the dedication into making these that Mr. Gingerich does. He carefully picks each piece of wood and combines them together based on strength and beauty. He then glues the pieces together seamlessly, sands and finishes each board by hand.
The wood pieces are cut by hand, they are assembled carefully by hand, and sanded and finished by hand. It takes precision and skill to create a seamless piece that acts as artwork and function for your kitchen..
Dick and Deena Maier, along with their daughter and two sons run a family business in Conrad Montana. Deena is convinced that this family workforce is a perfect blend, just like their soaps and other products.
Deena Maier, who was an occupational therapist, saw people struggling with skin problems that medications didn’t seem to help. She did some research and discovered that goat’s milk was considered a great natural therapy and began making goat’s milk soap in her kitchen.
Each of the Maier’s Nubian goats is hand milked two times daily to insure high quality milk for Windrift Hill products. Deena’s husband, Dick, says the high butterfat content helps moisturize the skin better than just about anything else. Goat’s milk helps them to create an amazing line of natural skin care products.
The Maiers used their dedication to quality products to create moisturizing goat milk lotion, moisturizing body oils, moisturizing goat milk soap, and bath salts. They use natural clay oxides, herbs, oils, and of course, pure, farm fresh goat’s milk.
What makes an Amish basket different?
It’s the dedication to quality and craftsmanship! No matter who is working, they are very detailed and careful to make sure the person receiving their basket has something that they will love for many years to come.
This dedication to quality has been passed down from generation to generation, and when you enter their shop, you often see three generations weaving at one time. Grandma is usually the stickler, instructing the younger ones to re-do something or soak that reed just a little bit longer in order to create a perfect corner.
The dedication to quality comes from the Amish lifestyle, which means to care for your neighbor as if they are your own family member. You see this in each basket. As they weave it, they are often envisioning the home it will rest in and what the people might do with the basket. They tell stories of their own experiences and want to share not only quality in product, but quality of life with each and every basket owner.
Strength, durable, and beautiful are not even enough to describe these amazing bird houses!! They have character, are incredibly sturdy, and really add a special touch to any home!!! Since they are hand made, each one has a character of its own, and special touch.
The man that makes these goes by the name Menno, and is a tall, slender Amish man with a priceless grin. His gray hair poofs out from under his straw hat as he stands there in his hand-stitched clothing.
He makes these bird houses in his home, and hand crafts every piece to perfection. He is a very detailed person, and accepts nothing less than amazing when it comes to quality.
He hand saws each piece of wood to create the frame, and his beautiful, humble wife weaves the basket to create the exterior design. He then sits down at his bench and hand-cuts each small piece and hand nails them together. There are no nail guns, no power tools, and no machines used to make these designs that will add a lifetime of character and design to your home.
Jewelry boxes have been around for years, but not like these!
Each one is hand crafted from an eastern red cedar log. The drawers are flawlessly carved out to create just the right depth and strength to store your favorite possessions.
These are great for keys, change, jewelry, stamps, knickknacks, and small office supplies like paper clips, pins, and rubber bands.
Each one is made by hand from a unique piece of wood, so there are no two alike.
The family that makes these are a wonderful Amish family in central Iowa. They have a small wood shop where they can carve these while keeping an eye on the young calves and horses. The kids play in the yard outside the shop while mom and dad are working on their craft. As with all Amish families though, the kids love to get involved. It's fun to watch them want to learn and refine their skill as craftsmen!
Our popcorn comes from a wonderful family farm in Indiana. It all started because Roy planted a field of popcorn for his 6-year-old son, Brian, in 1965. In the past 56 years, Brian has gone from 25 acres of popcorn to over 1000 acres of growing popcorn, and Brian has gone from selling to his family
and teachers to making one of the best popcorns in the nation.
What makes this popcorn so special? In addition to being a non-GMO popcorn, the big difference is that this popcorn doesn’t leave a big hull in your mouth to damage your teeth or choke on. It is easier to chew, more tender, and easier to digest. This is a huge benefit for people with diverticulitis or tender teeth.
People are reporting that their eyes have been opened to a whole new world of popcorn, and it is a delight to finally be able to enjoy it!
It really is surprising how tender the popcorn actually is. And what I mean by tender is that there aren't those big pieces sticking in my gums when I eat the popcorn. It has a lot of flavor,
and is soft to eat.
Each variety has its own benefits, but as a whole, this family grown popcorn is better for you, and more enjoyable to eat!