This week I decided to travel to our local Amish Produce Auction. I have been to an Amish market before but never to an Amish Produce Auction before. I have also never participated in an auction before so this entire experience was new for me.
I generally like to buy local produce anyway not only because it helps the local community but because it is fresher and it tastes so much better. This Amish Produce Auction was so cool. I really should have taken more photos. You could not only bid on produce for home use but bulk produce. For example, you could buy 48 quarts of tomatoes or 60 quarts of strawberries. So if you owned a restaurant or were going to be doing some canning this would be the place to get your items.
It was an extremely fast process and it was hard to understand the auctioneer. He spoke really fast. It was really interesting to see how they moved through all the items and how they would start off extremely high and then get down to $0.50 or even $0.10 before bidding would start only to work back up to where the auctioneer originally started from in the first place.
I really enjoyed traveling local and definitely need to do more exploring around my community since there may be more hidden gems I have yet to discover. I was also so inspired by my purchases that I went out and got the ingredients and made homemade strawberry jam. Below are a couple of pictures. The first is of some of the cut strawberries and the second is of the finished product - 30 jars of the finest strawberry jam you will ever taste (obviously I am a little bias :)
Have you had a local adventure that you have really enjoyed or that has surprised you?