The Gourd Barn


My high school friend Lee is in town for her once-a-year visit and we had lunch a few days ago.

Lee is just alot of fun to be around, and is always open to any new adventure (she was that way in high school too).  So, after lunch I asked if she’d be interested in going to an Amish store not too far away.  Another friend, who knows of my interest in photography, had told me that I might want to check out the “gourd barn” at the Amish store.  So, Lee was game, and off we went. 

It was a dreary, rainy day, but we assumed that the gourds would be under roof, because it was called a goard “barn” not a goard “field,” so it shouldn’t make a difference that it was raining. 

We arrived at the store, went inside, and were directed out the back of the store to a building that was, thankfully, just a few feet away that, sure enough, was a barn with gourds in it.  While in the store, I asked for permission to take pictures in the gourd barn.  The Amish do not like to have pictures taken of themselves, so I needed to make sure they wouldn’t mind me taking pictures of their harvest.

The barn was very plain because the Amish absolutely don’t do “fancy,” but it did have a simple elegance, with gourds, squash, pumpkins and onions everywhere. 

I was surprised to see a shopping cart — a modern convenience for their english customers, I suppose.  (They call us non-Amish, “english.”)

The onions remind me of pearls.

They had pumpkins from the size of a tomato . . .

. . . to huge ones that would make great jack-o-lanterns.

I took a picture of a “scale” but now that I look at it, I don’t see any basket hanging below it — which makes me think it’s a thermometer!  So, you can’t weigh that big ol’ bad boy pumpkin, but you can tell how “cool” he is.

I love all the colors in Indian corn.

And here are some interesting colors and varieties . . .


These are snake . . . something . . . maybe zucchini’s?

I have no idea what these are.  I thought they looked like tomatoes, so maybe a “tomato gourd?”

This dog was sleeping under a table, where you hardly noticed him because he blended in so well.  A study in grays.

As we were leaving we were looking at the huge mums (probably 30 of them) setting in front of the store.  They were beautiful, and then we saw the price — $7 a piece!  So we bought three.  Of course, we didn’t think about how we were going to get them home.

Two filled the back seat. (The Amish girls gave us newspapers to put down on the seat and floor, that helped absorb some of the water.)

So, Lee had to hold the third one.  We had to move the seat back as far as it would go, and lean it back a little to even make that work.  And, did I mention it had been raining?  And these were setting outside?  Lee is smiling in this picture because she’s a good sport.  But, as she’s smiling, a river of water is running down inside the front of her shirt from her very wet (but beautiful!) “seat mate.”

On our way home . . .

we saw this sign  . . .

Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for any calves, no matter how good the price!

A fun day with an old friend.

17 Responses to The Gourd Barn

  1. Amy O says:

    Wow! The Mums are beautiful! Lee is a good sport. Too bad you didn’t have room for a calf. I think Princess Coco would of loved a calf as a pet. 😉

  2. Beth says:

    Oh, what a wonderful way to spend a rainy day! Beautiful colors and textures there.

    The “scale” made me laugh. I guess if your produce weighs “-20” pound you’re selling it to them?

  3. Sandra says:

    Amy — I think you’re right. I bet Coco WOULD like a calf. I’m going to tell her mommy and daddy that you suggested they come and get her one! 🙂

    Beth — I laughed out loud when I read your comment. I know — that makes me sound really dumb, doesn’t it. In my defense, I didn’t really look at it, until I was posting the picture. It must have been a “mental pause.” You’ll get those sometimes when you’re 62!

  4. tz says:

    I can’t wait until nursing school is over and I can have days like this again! How beautiful and very fall like…

  5. chrissy says:

    What a great way to spend a day and Lee is such a great sport! I bet she would have allowed you to pick u 2-3 calves no matter the price!

  6. Sandra says:

    tz — I know. For many years, I was soooo busy. It really is nice to have time to do things like this now.

    chrissy — She just laughed when I told her I wished we could fit a couple of calves in too. She really IS a good sport — lots of fun.

  7. Beth says:

    Oh, no, definitely didn’t mean to make you feel dumb! It DID look like a scale the way it was hanging there; I had the benefit of your description explaining that it was a thermometer. 🙂

  8. Sandra says:

    Beth — Wellll, after you said that about minus 20, was the first time I really looked at the numbers on it and then I thought, “Well, duh, Sandy!” You didn’t hurt my feelings. In fact when you said that I thought, “That sounds exactly like something someone in our family would say!” So, I especially enjoyed your comment.

  9. Hilary says:

    What a perfect day! I could almost smell the scents of that barn.. including the sleepy dog, and feel the wet, soggy clothes created by that pot of gorgeous mums. Couldn’t you have just tied a calf to the roof?

  10. Sandra says:

    Wellll, Hilary. For some reason, Lee was anxious to get home, so she was having none of the “let’s stop and look at their calves!” 🙂

  11. Beth says:

    A calf tied to the roof…probably a sure bet you’d get ticketed for that. I can just imagine the conversation in the defensive driving course…. “What was your ticket for?” “Speeding.” “Ah, I see. And yours?” “Ran a stop sign. What about you?” “Oh, nothing much, just tied a cow to the roof of my car.”

  12. Sandra says:

    Love, the way you think, Beth. 🙂

  13. Belinda says:

    The pictures are great. Glad that you and your friend had a nice day in the country. Passed an Amish wedding celebration , a few more miles down the road, a few days ago and wished that you had been along with your camera. Love the previous photos of “Swan Lake” also.

  14. Sandra says:

    Oh, Belinda, I do wish I had seen the Amish wedding! But, as much as I would have liked to, I don’t think I would have had the nerve to take pictures, knowing how they feel about them. When we were at this barn, there were two very small, very cute Amish children playing around us and I was sooooo tempted to take some pictures.

    We are enjoying the swan. I hear you’re putting food out for him too.

  15. karen says:

    Oooohhh… that gourd barn is jut wonderful ……

    Probably a lot less expensive than the price they charge here in the city !!!

  16. Sandra says:

    Karen — Yes, the prices there are all very reasonable. I couldn’t believe that those huge mums were only $7!

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