One of our contributors recently paid a visit to the Wayne County settlement.  The weather did not quite cooperate that day. However that gave him a great excuse to duck into one of the more prominent Wayne County Amish businesses.

Fountain Acres (Amish-owned Food Store)

Fountain Acres Foods is a sizeable Amish-run “foods and more” store in the Wayne County Amish community, in the Fountain City area.  You’ll find it here:

Fountain Acres Foods 
1140 Whitewater Rd
Fountain City, IN 47341
(765) 847-1897

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While at the store, our contributor sent me this description:  “Store is awesome. Deli, doghouses, hickory rockers, huge variety of bulk foods, about the size of E&S in Shipshe but way more variety.”

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Rubber mulch outside the store.

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Make sure your local squirrels stay well-fed with big bags of this stuff:

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Also, keep your tomatoes from escaping with one of these:

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You more often see hickory chairs in the popular rocker models. Those have a correspondingly higher price tag than this small (child-sized?) non-rocking version (yours for $110).

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Pancake mix, syrup, and more.

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Many Amish folks appreciate home remedies, hence the variety of health-related products touted below.

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A nice-sized tub of the famous B & W Ointment.

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A selection of teas, including Detox Herbal, Hibiscus Organic, and Holiday Spice.

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Soup mixes- Seven Bean, Harvest, Golden Harvest…

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Some of the Fountain Acres-branded canned products.

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Not just pickled eggs, smoked pickled eggs.  I’m trying to decide without ever having tasted regular pickled eggs if these could be any good.  I guess I’ll just have to try for myself (someday…).

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The cold stuff.

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Fountain Acres also sells ready-made foods.

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Fountain Acres’ card with info.

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Back of card, telling you when not to come.

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“Ya’ll Come See Us!”  “Ya’ll”?  Is this the Midwest or the South? Who’s ya’ll-ing in that part of Indiana?

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Where to find it:

Fountain Acres Foods 
1140 Whitewater Rd
Fountain City, IN 47341
(765) 847-1897


The Amish of Wayne County, IN

The year 1994 saw the arrival of Amish to Wayne County, Indiana, a border county about an hour east of Indianapolis.  The settlers came from Lancaster County, bringing their Lancaster Amish culture, including distinctive buggies and dress, with them.

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The Wayne County settlement has since grown to 8 church districts in size, making it the sixth-largest of Indiana’s 20-plus communities.

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The Wayne County group was actually preceded by other migrants from Lancaster County, who settled on the opposite side of the state in Parke County in 1991.

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According to “Amish Settlements across America: 2013“, the settlement actually reaches into three counties (Henry and Randolph in addition to Wayne), with Hagerstown and Greens Fork listed as key towns.

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The Dutch Country Flea Market at Greens Fork.

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This sign is only vaguely threatening towards rogue parkers (“could”, not “will” be towed) but I think does the trick.  Note there are actually two buggy-related signs in this shot, one just a bit more faded.

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Not the ideal vehicle for a mucky day.

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Special thanks to our contributor for this look at a rainy Wayne County Amish community and the Fountain Acres Foods store.

Update for y’all:  Alice Mary in the comments points out the regular use of “y’all” in far northwest suburban Chicago.  Below, the “Y’all Map”, from a fascinating regional dialect project by Joshua Katz of NCSU.  Katz plotted which form of many common words/phrases is most often used in a given area based on data from a Harvard study.

To Alice Mary’s point, what you see on this map may not be the only form of a phrase used in a given place–the darker the color, the more dominant the word or phrase is in that area.

Y'all Map