Interesting details about Amish trading customs are sometimes available in Sugarcreek’s The Budget newspaper, specifically in the letters sent it from Amish scribes around the world, who regularly report for subscribers to The Budget what has happened of note in the last week or so in their far-flung Amish farm communities. It seems that Amish people everywhere subscribe to The Budget, so that they can get news from friends and relatives who have established settlements throughout North America, Central America, and other continents as well.
This week’s Budget contained a letter from an Amish colony in Tennessee. It seems that a visitor wanted to buy two mating pairs of ring-necked pheasants from an Amish farmer, who is the scribe for his church. The farmer asked for $15 per mating pair, or a total of $30 for the set. The visitor replied that, well, he had a horse, and maybe they could make a straight-up trade, the horse for two mating pairs of ring-necked pheasants. They agreed on the deal, and the farmer/scribe reported that only later did he realize that he now had another horse to feed. Maybe it wasn’t such a good trade after-all, he mused.
Droll, wouldn’t you say? If that story tickles you, perhaps you ought to subscribe to the Sugarcreek Budget. You can find the details on their website, but they only take checks through the mail. Sorry, no credit card or internet subscriptions are accepted. You actually have to mail them a check. But I suspect that if The Budget is something that interests you, you won’t mind the snail-mail hassle.