14 responses to Indiana Amish Markets
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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Not close enough! (February 10th, 2012 at 09:24)

    Not close enough!

    I sure wish we had Amish food vendors up here. One grocery store one town over has “imported” bakery goods from various well-known Chicago bakeries but I haven’t seen anything Amish amongst their baked goods. Sometimes I see Amish noodles,, though.

    I once ordered (2-3 years ago) some food items from a bakery (?) in Arthur. I know the shipping was outrageous, but it was cheaper than a trip there. I picked the cheapest shipping (expecting to get it within a week or longer) and was pleasantly surprised to get it two days later—delicious rhubarb-cranberry bread! I also bought my first Amish “peanut butter” spread. The preserves/apple butter (sugar free) were yummy. But ordering baked goods by mail isn’t cheap, so I haven’t done it again. However, with the subject matter of late on this blog (Amish food) thanks to you, Erik, I might just have to place an order again soon!

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Indiana Amish Markets (February 11th, 2012 at 10:38)

      Alice Mary I am semi-surprised there aren’t more PA Dutch type market places in Chicago area but it probably is just a little too far out of range for a market commute even from the Northern Indiana Amish settlements.

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    Comment on Indiana Amish Markets (February 10th, 2012 at 10:10)

    Erik, you MUST stop reminding me of all of my favorite “food” places in Shipshewana and Middlebury, Indiana! It’s snowing here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I can’t drive down there to my favorite places. I love E & S Sales! A trip to Shipshe is not complete without a stop there. They have expanded the store to at least double the size now, and I can’t wait to get there and check it out. They were still working on it when I was there last.

    Thanks for all of your wonderful posts regarding Amish America. I love this site and read it every day.

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    Suzanne M
    Comment on Indiana Amish Markets (February 10th, 2012 at 14:35)

    I have found 2 amish sites to order amish food from if you are interested – Lehmans.com and essenhaus.com Both have quite a selection. Hope this helps.

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    Comment on Indiana Amish Markets (February 10th, 2012 at 19:15)

    Pick me up some potato chips from the great state of Pennsylvania while your up there.

    I grew up near Lancaster. It’s the chips and pretzels I miss the most. North Carolina just can’t do it right.

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    Comment on Indiana Amish Markets (February 11th, 2012 at 07:58)

    Hi Erik! I live near Grabill and go to Grabill Country Sales on a regular basis. VERY similar to a bulk goods store in the Lagrange settlement but I can’t remember the name. The Grabill store also has a bakery – the cinnamon rolls are the best! Their bread is amazing of course. I have not been to Schmucker’s Produce Farm but will have to go. There is also another Amish bulk goods store in Grabill that I don’t know the name of. In addition to bulk goods they sell fabric, notions, clothing, shoes, housewares, and some large appliances. To get there, go over the train tracks and take your first right. Store is in a small white building near the end of the road.

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      Comment on Grabill Amish shops (February 11th, 2012 at 10:36)

      Grabill Amish shops

      Glad to hear more about Grabill Celeste. In my opinion this is one of the more unique Amish areas. Lot of businesspeople but a lot of them are in the building trades and there aren’t the same number of shops and public businesses as in some other large communities. So I was glad to hear about these. I’ve been to a couple dry goods shops here in addition to the food places; there are a few at home businesses but it is just not as common as in other Indiana communities.

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    Lee Ann
    Comment on Indiana Amish Markets (February 11th, 2012 at 08:05)

    I remember seeing an E & S store in Minn. but never went in. Driving by I thought it was a cattle store. To bad I didn’t take a chance and go in.

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on Indiana Amish Markets (February 12th, 2012 at 06:34)

    I’ve enjoyed all the food posts this week and am glad to hear
    about stores in the Grabill area. I drove around there about
    15 years ago and couldn’t find any Amish stores to shop at, so
    now I’ll have to go back to the ones mentioned.

    Also glad to learn that the Indiana Amish stores mentioned are
    doing well. I think they will only continue to grow. Yet, as
    they grow, some of the uniqueness about the stores will likely
    change. I still like E & S and think it’s a great store, but
    it’s a lot different than the E & S of twenty years ago. Example:
    now they have a loudspeaker system that has announcements while
    you’re shopping like “Second bagger needed on line two”,
    and “E & S will be closing in five minutes, take your purchases
    to the checkout now”. I wonder if the Ordnung of the districts
    where the individual stores are located have any rules about
    how much technology can be used in stores.

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      Comment on Ordnung and Amish stores (February 13th, 2012 at 11:28)

      Ordnung and Amish stores

      Al the Ordnung generally would influence what’s permitted in Amish-owned stores. Something about a loudspeaker in an Amish store seems a little off doesn’t it! Not going to see (hear) that in the Ethridge TN Amish settlement for instance.

      You do have some Amish stores with electric, but the building would be rented not owned in most cases. The PA Dutch Markets are an obvious example of that.

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    Debbie Welsh
    Comment on Indiana Amish Markets (February 14th, 2012 at 13:10)

    Al in Ky., you are absolutely right about the Amish stores not being the same once they grow and expand. For example, I’m actually dreading what the Centerville Bulk Foods store in Gordonville, PA, will look like once they are finished with remodeling it, which will be sometime in April, I believe. It used to be this neat little store out in the middle of the farms with very limited parking, but you were always assured of seeing plenty of Amish and their buggies coming in and out. And they kept the shopping carts outside which was always awkward trying to get one through the non-automated, heavy doors, and then maneuvering it around the little, crowded aisles. And there was only one long wooden check-out counter with a very nice and friendly Amish woman behind it, and sometimes the line could get really long, too. But these are the little nuances that made the place neat and unique, and probably kept the prices down, as well. Now, with the remodel, I’m afraid all the charm and uniqueness will probably go out the window, in favor of more space and convenience.

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Amish food at Belle Center, Ohio (February 21st, 2012 at 15:34)

    Amish food at Belle Center, Ohio

    I’ve posted on this site before. My son, Mark, is a member of the Belle Center,Ohio Amish community.
    Belle Center has a great bulk food store and bakery. It is called The Country Variety Store and is owned by Marion and Fannie Schrock. They have all kinds of bulk foods. There is also a bakery on the premisis that bakes the most delicious pies, rolls, and cakes. I just finished a pan of their cinnamon rolls. I could only eat a half of one a day as they’re so big. The store is located at the juncture of US 68 and State Route 638. I know they do mail order, as well. You can call them or write. Besides bulk foods they have all kinds of interesting Amish gadgets. Here is their information:
    Country Variety Store & Baked Goods
    6263 US Route 68 North
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311
    (937) 468-7733

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    Jack Grant
    Comment on Milroy, Indiana (December 30th, 2012 at 20:58)

    Milroy, Indiana

    Troyer’s have a nice general store just south of Milroy, In. on the west side of SR3. The last time I was there which was this fall, they were building on to the original building. Mary Troyer sells her home made baked goods on Fri & Sat. The price on their cheeses is very reasonable also.

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