Shipshewana Adventures and a Bit of Nostalgia…

As my time in Goshen has nearly come to an end–I return to the city on Saturday–there were a few places I wanted to visit while I still had the chance. Yesterday I climbed in the old beater mini-van I have been schlepping around in and made the pilgrimage to the town of Shipshewana. Now, for those of you not familiar with this place, let me explain–Shipshewana is basically the Lancaster of Indiana. The tourists and the curious come to stare at the Amish, take buggy rides, attend the Flea Market, and make purchases at quaint  “Amish” stores.

I decided to be a bit of a tourist for the day, and I started off by taking a tour of Menno-Hof. Menno-Hof provides information on everything Mennonite and Amish. While browsing in the gift shop I was rather amused to find that Mennonites apparently have their own blend of coffee!

 

I took the tour provided, learned some interesting information and got some good pictures of a typical Amish home…

   

Amish clothes…

After this I went to Yoder’s department Store. I was particularly amused by the advertisement for free manure by the hitching post…

Inside the store…

 

Before leaving town I also stopped at E and S Sales. THIS brought back memories! My first official job as a 16 year-old Mennonite girl was working in a bulk food store surrounded by Amish. It was smaller than E and S, but I remember the days of bagging groceries, carting them out to the buggies in the parking lot, and seeing how fast I could enter numbers into the register to get customers through the line!

E and S is an incredibly fun store with lots of discounted food and candy. I felt that I showed remarkable restraint in not buying cases of chocolate! 🙂 They also have a deli/restaurant with ice cream and all manner of wonderful smelling goods. I walked in the store and was enraptured with the sweet smell of pastries!

“Amish Peanut Butter” Folks, this stuff is amazing! Basically a peanut butter with marshmallow cream…So good!

The hustle and bustle of the store…

                    

The Deli…

If you ever get a chance to visit, I highly recommend this place! 🙂 You might also check out the Flea Market, the Davis Mercantile, and the Blue Gate Restaurant. And maybe take a buggy ride while your at it!

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