Amish Countryside

Current Location: Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, Goshen, Indiana

Yesterday we headed back up to Shipshewana to do a little more shopping. Val found a yarn shop up there in town, so we stopped by to look at their selection. We also headed across the street to a General Store (i.e. tourist items) and picked up a couple things, then back down to E&S Sales to pick up some more bulk items.

We drove back down to Goshen to another yarn shop in downtown. Val found some yarn there she liked. While she shopped there, Malcolm wandered down the street to see what else he could find and stumbled across a record shop. He ended up with a turntable and several albums. We stopped by Menards to grab some cables Malcolm would need to hook the turntable up to our stereo in the trailer, then back home.

Later in the evening, we decided to visit the record store again and picked up a few more record albums, then stopped next door at the coffee shop to get a beverage. We toodled around the campground a bit when we got back to visit with folks.

This morning we loaded on a tour bus and took the Amish Countryside Tour. It was fun and very interesting. We stopped by a few Amish stores (cheese, popcorn, E&S), had lunch at an Amish home (excellent food), stopped by and visited with someone that makes Amish buggies and also visited with a gentleman that has several camels.

The camels are used to gather milk from the nursing females (currently just one, but several more in the future). Plenty of milk is left for the nursing camel. The milk is primarily sold through a broker for $8 a pint. It is bought for autistic children as a therapeutic use and is also favored by middle eastern people that live in the US.

After we got back from the tour, we relaxed in the trailer for a bit and put away our finds from the day’s shopping. We headed out to the store to get a couple items we needed in the trailer, then visited around the campground for a while before heading back to the trailer a little earlier this evening to take it easy.

Here are some pictures from today’s tour.

Jams and Jellies

Jams and Jellies

Amish Buggy

Amish Buggy

Spraying the field

Spraying the field

Mowing the grass (note child asleep in car seat)

Mowing the grass (note child asleep in car seat)

Amish buggy frame

Amish buggy frame

Camel

Camel

Long clothes line with pulleys

Long clothes line with pulleys

Draft plow horse

Draft plow horse

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

Cheese!

Cheese!

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