Summer Produce in Amish Country

Summer!! That’s usually how I approach this season. I use a lot of exclamation points. I love warm summer nights watching the lightning bugs fly around and I always spend way to long trying to catch them. Our days are long, leisurely, and filled with good food. (My favorite topic) Summer produce in Amish Country, is SPOT ON. Nothing beats homegrown fruits and vegetables. Nothing. Is there anything worse than a hard tomato grown who knows where? They give me shivers. I consider myself very lucky to be surrounded by produce stands because I hate to garden. My garden plot sits empty and I’ve heard that it was once a fantastic producer of everything I buy. Haha. I send out major props to those who have a green thumb.

Also during the summer, I often find myself at local greenhouses just to look at all the prettiness. So many flowers to choose from! Fresh flowers, fruit, and vegetables are a winning combination. Right? Do you have access to homegrown goodies or do you garden?  Here are some pics of what our area has to offer you if you decide to hop this way for some. Enjoy your summer, folks!

Look at this pile of watermelons! We usually go through tons of these bad boys. 

amish country watermelon

Homegrown strawberries are simply the best. Hands down. 

local strawberries

My favorite thing to eat: tomatoes. YUM!

garden tomatoes

  Zucchini bread? Or zoodles?

homegrown Zucchini

A bowl full of cantaloupe? I’ll take two.

amish country cantaloupe

The Amish really know how to grow their hanging baskets. Beautiful!

amish country flowers

Tornado Summer By Amanda Flower

Summer is my favorite season. I love summer vacations, summer flowers, and summer projects. It seems like every summer I start out with great expectations of everywhere I will go, everything that I will do, and everything that I will write. In general, I would say I have a seventy-five percent success rate of doing all those things. But this summer… this summer was a monster. My To Do List was more epic and daunting than any in recent memory. I traveled a lot and had a lot of fun, but I worked harder than I ever have in my life. That’s not a complaint. As an author to have work is a blessing, a huge one. However as this summer comes to a close, I feel a little bit like I stumbled through the eye of tornado and my goals for what I was going to do are strewn on the ground around me. Some of those goals were reached and some were not.

Typically, I feel melancholy when summer comes to end but not this year. This year, I’m happy for the change of season, and instead of bemoaning the coming winter, which to be honest is pretty awful in NE Ohio, I am looking forward to everything fall has to offer.


And because I’ve never met a list I didn’t like I decided to write down everything that I’m looking forward to this fall.

*The release of Murder, Plainly Read, Amish Christmas at North Star, and Andi Unstoppable. All in October!



*Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks- YUM!




*A friend’s wedding

*A friend’s baby shower

*Writing the last novel I’m contracted for 2015… that was #5 of 5!!

*Research trips to Holmes County

*The Buckeye Book Fair on November 7th in Wooster, Ohio

*A weekend on the beach with friends

After the tornado summer, it’s shaping up to be quite an awesome autumn. What are you looking forward to most this fall?

Amanda Flower, a three time Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes as National Bestselling Author Isabella Alan.


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