Most Popular Mennonite EVAR – Jolin Zimmerman

Most Popular Mennonite EVAR – Jolin Zimmerman

This is a blog about interesting stuff happening in and around the Finger Lakes, right? A few months ago, I wrote a blog post about a new reality series on the Discovery Channel called “Amish Mafia”. Although the show was shot in Lancaster, PA, one of the cast members, Jolin Zimmerman, was from good old Penn Yan. I always know when the show is on because I get a surge in blog traffic from people searching for anything and everything “Jolin Zimmerman”. Who is he, does he have a girl friend, where is he from, is he really a Mennonite, yadda yadda.

Peeps, I wish I knew the answers. I really do. Because it seems no one knows the answers to those questions. Nearly everything I read about Jolin, in particular, is speculative. And to be completely honest… I don’t really care. I’m not looking to add any Mafia members to my circle of friends, and I already have a man with shot guns and a a big truck. That, and JZ is entitled to his privacy.

But here’s what I did. I contacted Hot Snakes Media, the production company behind Amish Mafia, to ask if I, as a local blogger, could interview Jolin. They forwarded me to Laurie Goldberg from the Discovery Channel. And the boss lady says… “Thanks for your interest, but Jolin will not be doing interviews at thus time.”


Last week, I was notified on Twitter that the “Jolin – amish mafia” Facebook page was fake and the “Amish Mafia – Jolin the Mennonite” was run by Jolin’s family and was in fact “real”. Okay, how do you go about proving that one? From what I can tell, I agree that “Jolin – amish mafia” is indeed not Jolin Zimmerman or anyone representing him. That’s not to say that “Amish Mafia – Jolin the Mennonite” is real. BUT, that page does post actual photos of Jolin not just photos from the show’s promotional material that can be copied and posted by any average fifth grader.

It sounds like Jolin isn’t allowed to have a Facebook page or Twitter account, or answer any questions, or talk to any other living person on the planet, apparently, per his Hot Snakes Media and Discovery Channel contracts (sell your soul, why dontcha). I know this is probably a tactic – the more people don’t know about him and other cast members, the more controversial the show is, the more people watch, the higher the ratings, yip yip, I get it.

Sorry to disappoint y’all. I’ll keep an eye out.

—Update — 3/11/13— Jolin’s girlfriend and where he got his famous back tattoo!

Jolin Zimmerman Amish Mafia back tattoo

Are you ready? I’m about to answer some burning Jolin Zimmerman questions!

Does JZ have a girlfriend? This is going to sound crazy, but stay with me here. I talked to someone (who I know) whose little sister’s cousin (you follow?) dated Jolin Zimmerman 8 or 9 years ago. I know that doesn’t actually answer the question, but it comes close(r). But wait, theres more –  Jolin got his back tattoo (and one on his arm) at her house! She said Jolin and his girlfriend used to hangout at her house often, and added that “he was a very VERY polite kid”.

What’s the deal with JZ’s back tattoo? I didn’t notice this before, but since looking at this photo and reading a little bit on the “real” JZ Facebook page, I noticed what’s under the big tattoo. The words below the image on JZ’s back say “Christopher J. Scott SPC”. Christopher Scott, from Dundee, NY was a Specialist in the Army and was killed in Afghanistan about 2 years ago. Jolin and Chris were friends, according to the aforementioned Facebook page.



  1. eric says:

    Jolin was walking around the pittsburgh airport on wednesday, july 17, 2013 in jeans and a regular button down shirt. We was by himself and we looked at each other and he smiled and noded his head.

  2. Zach says:

    He was also at the yates county fair this year, and did the truck pull.

  3. Jon Paul says:

    How do I contact you about Jolin Zimmerman?

  4. Tom says:

    Jolin is a HOT man!

  5. Ryne says:

    Jolin is actually married and lives in Linsville pa.

    1. BloughMee says:

      There is no such place as “Linsville” PA. Do you mean “Linesville” – that’s way out in Erie county – 300 miles from “Amish Country”

      1. Vanessa says:

        Actually linesville is in crawford county, and they haven’t been married as of yet

  6. Casey says:

    Jolin Zimmerman lives in meadville PA and is engaged to Madison Earnst, I know her personally and have met him a few times. Meadville is a very small city and everyone knows everyone especially the Ernst family, she has a Facebook page and everything I have just told you can be verified through that.

    1. Smitty says:

      Not found girl. Madison doesn’t exist as far as I can see. Looked everywhere u suggested he’s single!!

  7. chuck calvert says:

    jolin and his gf have a farm on route 6 in shermansville pa just outside of Linesville pa. I grew up about two miles from the farm and my sister still lives in our house there. its pretty cool to have someone like him there.

    1. Lindsey says:

      He really does live on Route 6…I literally live RIGHT down the road from him!!!! Pretty cool!

  8. Cindy says:

    Mr Jolin Zimmerman, I wish I could find a real man like you!!! Good luck in life and love :)

  9. kelli manuel says:

    Yes jolin lives in meadville pa and his gf is [redacted].. i have seen them together and seen him where he buys his guns it was also aired on amish mafia..

  10. padutch says:

    To BloughMee…Western PA and into OH is also Amish country.

  11. padutch says:

    Hey Bloughme……yeah, nice screen name. Anyways, western PA into OH is also Amish country.

  12. Angi says:

    So from what I’m gathering from the posts Jolin lives in the north west corner of PA ams he works/helps out Levi in Lancaster, county which is a few hundred miles away??? Sounds and looks funny

  13. Erica P says:

    Looks like they are married now.