Amish Tea

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Real Estate Agent

For all you city brokers and buyers out there you might be shocked to learn that when showing some properties in the country you just show up for an appointment. No need to call first. Why, because they don't use phones.  If there is several days notice, I would then usually send a courtesy post card. What kind of sellers would agrees to this? Well these owners are Amish.

Presently I have 2 Amish Farms for sale.  Yesterday when I went out to show both of them and one was vacant while I knew the other had a family still living there. When we opened the front house door, it was a total surprise to see a sea of plants evenly spread out across all the floors. It was easy to understand that they were being dried in the heat of the closed up house.  Every room was filled with them. The buyers and I both joked, but could tell it wasn't Marijuana grass. However we really were not sure what it was.  After looking over the outside of the house and all the outbuildings, we headed over to the other farm. The owner there was in and had no problem with our impromptu showing and agreed to lead us around his home. Again, we found in the second floor the same plants spread out to dry. We learned they were stinging nettles and many Amish families harvest nettles for medicine and tea. I learned from him that the season is short, you have to gather them up before they flower out. He continued to tell us, he sold most of his to a herb buyer.

If you have never gotten into a field of stinging nettles then lucky you.  I have, and they do really sting. You would have to dress up for this harvest with work gloves and long sleeves and pants making sure to cover all exposed skin, or else! Apparently this noxious weed is also known among herbalist to be a plant that will heal all that ails you. I personally have never tried Stinging Nettle Tea but since learning about it, I think I just might have to give it a try.

The photo on top is a picture of the nettles spread out on the living room floor, the other one is of the buyers and the Amish fellow heading up to take a look at the cistern well powered by wind.

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About the author:

Mary Strang is the Broker-owner of RE/MAX Hill Country Realty located in Viroqua, WI. Home to Organic farming, a small rural city population of about 4000 and a great place to live! Copyright © 2009 by Mary Strang.  All rights reserved... " Amish Tea"  the blog post was written by Mary Strang is believed accurate but may not be guaranteed.

 

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Rainmaker
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha

Mary

That's funny; they look a lot like marijuana leaves. Well, um, not that I would know, but I have seen pictures of the stuff.

Jul 04, 2009 06:48 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI
Real Estate

Hello Tom, it is nettles but at first glance we were wondering.

Jul 04, 2009 06:53 PM #2
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Chanda Barrick
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Was it hard to tour the home or did you just walk on the tea leaves?  I guess tea leaves is a lot better than clutter or trash.  :)

Chanda panda

Jul 04, 2009 07:40 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI
Real Estate

The home that is pictured with nettles on the floor wasn't going to work for these buyers so we did not tip toe through the tea leaves... we just toured the barn and pole shed.

Jul 04, 2009 08:31 PM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR

How interesting!  I've never heard of this but then the Amish do a lot that we have never heard of.  Wonder if I need to buy some Amish tea?

Jul 04, 2009 09:24 PM #5
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI
Real Estate

Barbara, Stinging Nettle Tea is the name of it, I am just referring to it as Amish Tea here in this blog. I was wondering about trying it too, from the midicinal and healing claims on various sites it must have some punch.

Jul 05, 2009 07:14 AM #6
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

Hmmm...drink 'em. smoke 'em....looks interesting....we don't have lots of either farms or Amish here of course....you have to do another blog and tell us what ailments the tea cures....and if you wrote a cup into the offer !

Jul 05, 2009 07:35 AM #7
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI
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Good Morning Sally, you and I are both up early for a Sunday morning! You are too funny, I guess writing it into an offer might cure what ails the property?

Jul 05, 2009 07:40 AM #8
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