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Back-road Amish Tours

If you’ve been to Shipshewana in the past few years you may have seen the Blue Gate bus cruising around town. What’s it used for though? The Blue Gate recently started offering back-road Amish tours, which have been a huge hit! I finally had the opportunity to take one for myself and see what all …

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9 Things Every History Buff Should Do in Shipshewana

This post originally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com By Anna Camburn   You know you’re a history buff when you love to know the story behind each destination you travel to. Shipshewana, Indiana has a rich Amish/Mennonite heritage that is so fun to learn about. You can bring Shipshewana’s past to life by visiting the following events and attractions.   …

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About The Amish Culture: Six Social Courtesies

LaGrange County and Shipshewana are home to the third largest Amish community in the nation. This community’s simple way of life is the reason many people visit our area—to observe, learn about, pay tribute to, and purchase items from the Amish. With the travel season upon us, here are a few things to remember as …

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

  by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener     While artificial Christmas trees can be dismantled and stored in a box until next year, a live Christmas tree will need to be disposed of somehow.  Don’t know what to do with that tree?  Recycle it!  If you have used a live tree this Christmas, take …

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10 Answered Questions About Amish Lifestyle

This post orginally appeared on shipshewanatradingplace.com By Loren Beachy Many people are fascinated by the Amish culture in our area. Visitors often are curious about the reasons behind the Amish lifestyle and traditions.   In this blog, Loren Beachy, a resident of Goshen, Indiana and member of the Old Order Amish Church, seeks to answer 10 …

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Road Trip Season

Summer is almost over… that’s right, I said it. I’m not happy about it either. But the keyword here is “almost.” That means you still have time to get those last minute summer plans in that you didn’t have time to do before. I know somewhere on that list of things you want to do …

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Peanut Butter

I’ve lived here most of my adult life and there is one thing I never get tired of… the Amish Peanut Butter!  It’s crazy to think that this little condiment can literally be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!  If you are unfamiliar with this gooey smooth rich peanut butter, let me give you a …

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Hop on a Guided Tour

One thing I always suggest to people that want to learn about the area and the Amish culture is to take a guided tour. Sure, driving around the countryside is a great way to get a feel, but why not have a guide along to tell you about the pieces of information you wouldn’t otherwise …

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Eliminating Weeds in the Garden

by Karen Weiland, Advanced Master Gardener       What is a weed?  People have different views on what is and is not a weed.  I see mullein as a beautiful plant with its fuzzy, silvery leaves and tiny yellow flowers.  I like to use them in my landscape around my potting shed.   My farmer …

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