Letters from Home

September 16, 2017

Good Morning Everyone, 

     This is Saturday morning and we got up to a foggy morning. Yesterday morning was quite foggy also, but turned out to be a beautiful day and I believe today willl be the same. 

     We have been so richly blessed, my heart goes out to the folks that were in the storms in Flordia and Texas, etc. I talked to a lady here in the store that lives in Houston and her house did not get flooded but her neighbors on either side of her did.  It is comforting to know that God is in control. Psalms 34:18 "The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit."

     Some of the farmers have started cutting corn and filling the the silos.

     Some of the gardens are getting cleaned out, at least parts of them, and sown with a cover crop to keep the weeds from taking over and it is also good nourishment for the soil when it gets tilled under in the Spring. Some folks like to have a Fall garden also and those plants look good. I want to sow some lettuce yet. Radishes are started looking good. 

     A few of the activities in our area include: The Mid-Ohio Horse Sale from October 3-7 at Mt. Hope. The Ohio Swiss festival in Sugarcreek on September 29-30. The Apple Dumpling Festival in Shreve on September 29. The Fall Festival at The Farm at Walnut Creek on October 6,7,9 and 13, 14 in Walnut Creek. And don't forget our Fall Harvest Sale on September 21 - 23 at the Ashery!

     A few of our store visitors were: a lady from Hungary that could speak German and we tried to see if we could converse in German. Folks that were from England came in with their friends that are regular customers here. Also folks from Wyoming and Canada. It is always interesting to meet folks that have never been here before. One forenoon we had 3 different parites that were new. 

     I found a recipe that helps use up zucchini, it is called Zucchini Pie.

4 cups zucchini, shredded; 1 cup onion, chopped; ½ cup butter. Sauté 10 minutes then add: 2 eggs lightly beaten, 8 oz. shredded cheese, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon oregano, ¼ teaspoon basil, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon garlic powder.

Crust: 1 Tablespoon sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ cup milk, 1½ cup flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, 3 Tablespoon shortening.

Mix crust ingredients and pat into 9" pie pan. Spread 2 Tablespoons mustard over pie shell. Pour zucchini mixture into shell and bake at 350° for 35 - 40 minutes.

This recipe is taken out of the Family Life Magazine.

Thought: "Here is the test to find out whether your mission on earth is finished. If you are alive, it isn't." - Richard Bach

Have A Good Day!

- Sovilla

Letters from Home

August 14, 2017

Good Morning, 

     This is Monday morning 11:00 am at the Ashery. It is partly cloudy with scattered patches of hazy blue sky, making the sunshine hazy and the air feel warm and humid. It's a beautiful summer day in Ohio.

     As I was ready to go out the front door a few ladies were coming in, and as I greeted them with a "Good Morning," one of them exclaimed joyfully, "Good Morning, look who's here!" Then I saw the last lady in the group was a friend I had known for years and had moved to CO and not been back for 4 years. What a nice surprise!

     Now that the oats have been threshed the farmers are having a little bit of a lull before they need to start working in the cornfield. There will likely be hay to be made yet.

     In the gardens, sweet corn and tomatoes are being harvested, along with zucchini, etc. I guess we could call it our mid-summer harvest.

     At the Mt. Hope Auction grounds the Machinery Sale will be held on Saturday, August 27th; on September 1-2 the Ohio Haiti Benefit and on September 15, 16, & 17 the mid-Ohio Alternative animal and bird sale. On September 16, the Holmes County Home Benefit Auction will be held near Holmesville.

     A couple from my church had been to Bolivia, South America last winter to teach school at a newly established Amish community then he spoke about their experiences during that time, at our services yesterday (Sunday). It was very interesting. Afterward we had a carry-in fellowship meal and served approximately 120 people.

     To anyone that still have a lot of cucumbers to pickle here is an old recipe that my mother used to can pickles that seemed to be everyone's favorite.

Hamburger Pickle Slices

1 gallon thinly sliced cucumbers & 1 cup salt, cover with hot water with green food coloring added (optional) and let stand for 4 days. Drain and wash/rinse, cover with water to which 1 Tablespoon alum has been added for each gallon of water. Boil 10 minutes, then drain. In a small cloth bag, tie: 1 Tablespoon each of whole cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and celery seed, Put in your kettle with pickles and add 1 pint water and 1 pint vinegar and 5 cups sugar. Boil until transparent, put into jars and seal.

"Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good...."  Psalm 136:1

Have a good day,


Letters from Home

August 01, 2017

Good Morning Everyone, 

We are having another beautiful, quiet, slightly cool, summer morning. This is now the third morning like this and I think we all are enjoying every one of them. 

Our gardents are doing well in this area. We have had abundant rains and the vegetables are growing fast. We had a large squash plant that came up voluntarily and looked beautiful but a worm or something must have been working at the roots because it just suddently wilted and died. That also happens with the zucchini plants at times. Sweet corn is also ready.

The peaches in OH are a good crop this year and we will be having local ones at the store to sell. They smell and taste so good!

On Friday evening and Saturday, August 4 & 5 the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction will be held at Kidron. There will be food available and quilts, etc sold over auction on Saturday. 

As you drive along the country roads you can see fields of yellow oat shocks scattered among fields of green corn and grass/hay. It creates a pretty scene.

It is interesting to find out where some of our customers are from. Especially during the summer months when lots of traveling gets done. We had folks from Romania, Brazil, Slovakia, Hungary, India, and a couple that have Lebanon for their nationality. They remarked about the Ishtar squash we sold here. It is a Lebanese summer squash. He related of remembering how they used to raise them and owuld harvest them while they were still small then cut the top off and stuff them to fix them similarly like we would do stuffed green peppers. They would let a few squash grow big so that the seeds could mature and then use them to plant again the next year, We also had folks from the mountains of northern GA, Louisiana, and a youth group from Mississipp. Plus, I'm sure there were others that I did not hear about.

The new- skin potatoes are ready to dig already and I am enclosing a recipe for potato salad that works well to fix the day before to take along to a potluck dinner or picnic, etc. This recipes yields 1 gal.

Potato Salad

• 12 cups cooked, shredded potatoes

• 1 dozen eggs, hard boiled & chopped

• 1 medium onion, chopped

•1 ½ cup celer, chopped fine



• 3 cups salad dressing

• 2 ½ cups white sugar

• ¼ cup vinegar

• ½  cup milk

• 3 teaspoons salt

• 4 tablespoons mustard

Put the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Make sure they are cold. Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the potato mixture and mix gently. Refrigerate. The flavors blend better if put together the day before.

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14

Blessings to all,