Spring Amish Greenhouse Visit with Bluffscape Amish Tours in Lanesboro, MN

Spring has finally arrived in Lanesboro, Minnesota! We are excited to put away our winter boots and mittens and soon we will be wearing sandals and garden gloves. After the long winter we look forward to operating our Bluffscape Amish Tours again this year. It’s always exciting to see the Amish folks preparing their greenhouses and gardens.

Amish Flowers
Amish Greenhouse Flower Baskets
Cassia Plant
Cassia Plant – Smells like popcorn!

Lenora Flowers is a greenhouse at one of our Amish tour stops. The greenhouse opened for the season on Saturday. What a treat to see the flowering plants and green foliage. It is a great contrast to the brown countryside sans the white snow. When you step inside the greenhouse the smell of fresh flowers and plants fill your nostrils with a scent of summer to come. They even have a plant, Cassia didymobotrya, which smells like popcorn! When the leaves are rubbed a buttery popcorn scent reminds one of going to the movie theater. Hundreds of hanging baskets with multiple, colorful flowers fill the greenhouse along with other beautiful annuals and perennials. You will also find a few vegetable plants to add to your garden. Lenora Flowers will have beautiful Mums to sell in the Fall, but I can wait a while before seeing Fall once again.

Get out and revel in the beautiful, Spring weather and join us on a Bluffscape Amish Tour in historic Lanesboro. You will enjoy the fully narrated, three -hour tour about our Amish neighbors by our pleasant, knowledgeable guides. The greenhouse is available to browse as well as Fannie’s quilt shop, the Amish bakery, Amish hand-crafted basket shops, and Amish-made wood furniture stores. Soon you will see fieldwork done with horse-drawn equipment, no tractors used in Amish fields. You will also find pickles, jams, jellies, candles, leather goods and remember to pick up a bag or two of the delicious, buttery cashew crunch! Bluffscape Amish Tours depart from the Stone Mill Hotel and Suites in Lanesboro at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Please call 507-467-3070 to reserve your seat on the tour.

Rhubarb in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Today is all things rhubarb in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Laneboro is designated as the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota and we are very proud of it!  Each year on the first Saturday in June is the annual Rhubarb Fest starting off with a Rhubarb 5k Run, then heading to Sylvan Park for rhubarb tasting, rhubarb games, and for entertainment listening to the Rhubarb Sisters sing.  The Bethlehem LYO kids sell Rhudogs – hotdogs with rhubarb ketchup/relish.  The Bethlehem WELCA as well as other churches sell baked goods with rhubarb as the main ingredient.  Bethlehem Church also offers hot sandwiches with a rhubarb mustard.  Of course, there will be plenty of rhubarb pie to eat!!

Many people attend the Rhubarb Fest in the morning and ride along on Bluffscape Amish Tours in the afternoon.  A large group from central Minnesota is bringing two coach buses down for the Rhubarb Fest and then we are offering a step-on guide to take them on an afternoon tour with Bluffscape. Since I am guiding tours today, I will have to miss the fest, but my daughters will fill me in on all the rhubarb splendor.

Below is a favorite rhubarb dessert recipe that is very easy to make.  I shared it with an Amish friend last week and she loved it and plans to make more. Yesterday I made the dessert with lemon cake mix and it was very good.  Enjoy!

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

1 box white or lemon cake mix
3-4 cups of diced rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1 pint cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare cake mix according to box directions.  Pour batter into greased 9 x 13 pan.  In another bowl mix the rhubarb and sugar.  Sprinkle rhubarb on top of cake batter. Evenly pour cream on top of the rhubarb. Bake in oven for 60 minutes, test with toothpick when done.

Serve while still warm or chilled.

Pecan Tassie Bars Mady by SE Minnesota Amish

How many of you enjoy a delicious piece of pecan pie? If you like pecan pie, then you will enjoy this recipe I received from an Amish friend. The original recipe for Pecan Tassies creates small individual bite-sized treats. But, the Amish ladies turned this mini treat into yummy, easy-to-make bars. This recipe isn’t as sweet as a typical pecan pie recipe, but just as tasty!

Pecan Tassie Bars

Crust:
1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 Cup butter (softened)
2 Cups flour

Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Gradually add flour to butter mixture. Cover and chill for one hour. Press dough into bar pan (11×15) bottom and up sides.

Filling:
1 1/2 Cups brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Eggs (lightly beaten)
2 Tsp. vanilla
1/8 Tsp. salt
1 Cup finely chopped pecans
1 Cup finely chopped walnuts

Stir ingredients together–mixture will be dry. Spoon into crust and spread. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until set.  Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk and you are ready for a snack.

*The recipe didn’t come with many details, so you may want to keep an eye on the oven as it is baking.

Amish ladies are wonderful cooks and when they serve their bars you better be hungry! Most bars that I have been served when I visit them are at least 2 x 2 inches in size!

Plan a Bluffscape Amish Tour in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Now is the perfect time to plan a trip to beautiful Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Be sure to include a tour with us at Bluffscape Amish Tours.  Your tour will depart from Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro to travel the rolling Amish countryside. The Amish are busy working the soil in preparation of their spring planting.  It is always a treat to see the horses pulling a one-bottom plow.  A gentleman on my tour yesterday said it reminded him of his youth as he had to do similar work in their fields years ago.  At the Amish farms we will get the chance to peruse the Amish shops for handmade reed baskets, leather belts, locally made scatter rugs, hand stitched quilts, and much more.  My favorite treat is Emma’s dark chocolate covered cashew crunch–sweet and buttery!  Your guide explains all about the Amish culture and will answer any questions you may have during the tour.

As you can see by the above photo, trout fishing by the Lanesboro dam is a favorite for many folks.  This is a view of the Root River from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro. If the people you are traveling with like to fish and some would rather find something else to do, an Amish tour would be a great way to spend your morning or afternoon!

Bluffscape Amish Tours in Lanesboro, MN

If you are making plans to venture to Lanesboro, Minnesota for a family vacation, a quiet get-away for two, or a day trip with your friends, be sure to include a Bluffscape Amish Tour in your itinerary.  Your Bluffscape guide will take you on a fun, educational tour of our Amish neighbors.  This June you may see the Amish plowing and dragging their fields with their horse-drawn equipment and planting their crops as we are experiencing a late spring with many rain showers, therefore, a later than usual planting is taking place.

With all of this rain we have been having, the grass grows fast and that means lawns need mowing.  A lawn mower some of the Amish use is pictured above.  They hitch up their horse and ride along on their “one-horse mower”!  Otherwise, many Amish use the manual push lawn mower on their yards to cut the grass.
Take a break from your lawn mowing and head to Lanesboro to ride along with Bluffscape Amish Tours located at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites and enjoy munching on sweet, buttery cashew crunch, too.  Now, I better check on my lawn . . .

On the Road Again with Buffscape Amish Tours

Bluffscape Amish Tours are once again driving down country roads to bring you to Amish farms filled with Amish-made crafts, furniture, quilts, and, of course, sweet, buttery cashew crunch!  Winter wants to hang on here in Minnesota in mid-April, but we will gladly take you out to learn all about the Amish culture to get your mind off the rain and snow that seem to plague us this Spring.  You may want to wear shoes that can get a little mud on them, as we do get out at each farm to enter the Amish retail shops.

One change in our tour this year is the absence of  our non-Amish stop at Austin’s Mohair Goat Farm.  Sadly, Ada, passed away last November.  Ada was an inspiration for many as she always had a smile and greeted everyone like they had been friends for years.  I believe you can still order her famous Mohair socks from her daughters.

Keep warm thoughts and maybe Spring will finally arrive to brighten our days!

New Bluffscape Amish Tour Bus

We are so excited to be driving our new Bluffscape Amish Tour bus! It is very comfortable and the seats are around the perimeter of the bus. The bus seats 14 and there is room for storing a few items. Our new bus provides easy access for those who have trouble getting in and out of a van.

If you are going on a Bluffscape Amish Tour, be sure to go all the way to the north end of Lanesboro to 102 E. Beacon St. located in the red Feed Mill at Lanesboro’s Tours and Treasures. Unknown to us, our competitor had a friend purchase our old bus and it still has our business name on it. We were lead to believe it was going out of the state. Be sure to get on the right bus when you arrive for our tours so you won’t be disappointed! We strive to give professional, educational, and fun tours to learn all about the Amish way of life. Check out www.bluffscape.com for more information about Bluffscape Amish Tours in Lanesboro.