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Ohio’s Bountiful Harvest

We stopped at a roadside farm market in Holmes County, but this was no ordinary roadside market – its Hershberger’s! And the more that I think about it, it’s the Amish country equivalent of a shopping mall which combines entertainment, country art, equestrian supplies, a petting zoo, farm animals for sale, homemade baked and canned goods, and of course, fresh Ohio farm grown produce.

My brother and sister in law were in search of melons and they weren’t disappointed – two for $4! The Amish girls who do the stocking and sales there just couldn’t keep up with the customers’ demand. Here in the Finger Lakes at the grocery where I used to work, we often talked about “stacking them high (the merchandise) and letting it fly off the shelf!”

I watched as an Amish girl brought out a whole skid load of melons and she couldn’t keep up with the demand by stocking herself. Soon she was joined by another girl and they started tossing the melons to each other in order to unload the skid faster.

I must have taken seven pictures as I was trying to catch a melon in mid-air, but no luck! Undoubtedly these girls had had some previous practice playing  softball like I did when growing up!

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