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Visit A Backward World! An Amish Market In Shipshewana, Indiana

Updated on March 18, 2013

Amish people are known to live in non-technology era. They still use horse carriages as their mode of transportation in the 21st century. They wear uniform clothes everyday - white caps and single-colored dress. The Amish is a small Christian religious congregation scattered in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

One Amish community is located in Shipshewana, Indiana. Along highway 20, a few miles off Interstate 80 in Indiana, you will find the Amish people. Driving further east, the road signs will ask motorists to slow down for crossing horse carriages, their way of moving around in their area. I wonder how far their travel by horse has brought them? I haven't seen any Amish in theme parks, malls or supermarket chains.

Touring the Amish Community in Shipshewana, IN (2012)
Touring the Amish Community in Shipshewana, IN (2012) | Source

The State of Indiana is helping with their trade and commerce. The visitors' information will suggest tourists to visit their Amish Community. They have a small and neat marketplace with distinct Amish products for sale.

Every week, they have a flea market along Van Buren St. Their historic downtown is clustered in a small block where you can walk from the bank, to your hotel and lodging, towards restaurants & dining and shopping. I should say five minutes tops.They also have buggy rides for $9 per person. You can experience their transportation and enjoy the sights of their corn fields at the same time!

For food lovers, one of their best is the soft pretzels, sprinkled with sea salt on top. It comes in variety of dips- the two famous are cheese and nutella. For those who are not fond of food adventure, there is Subway across the street.

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Modern life has been integrated in their marketplace. There are merchants that doesn't dress like them. They also have scheduled concerts with famous artists, antique shops that abound the area and fusion cuisines readily available in different restaurants.

On the contrary, it is known to everybody that Amish people live a very simple lifestyle. They are stuck in the "old times". The fast evolution of technology doesn't exist in their households. I am in awe of their simpleness, no fancy jewelry or fashionistas around. Simplicity is their beauty. At the end of the day, their lifestyle gave me the opportunity to say to myself, "it's okay not to be enslaved by the fast-paced western living after all".

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      AJ 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      the girls, interesting Hub about the Amish. We are surrounded by the Amish in the Pittsburgh area. I've visited Lancaster, PA where there is a large community of Amish. Thanks for letting me know about this place! :o)

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      the girls 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Hi Deb, thank you for dropping by! They are a contrast of our daily life. I enjoyed their market too. They have a lot of diverse merchants in Shipshewana and I found things I like which were priced reasonably (and I am now promoting their commerce, Lol!)

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      Deb Welch 4 years ago

      Shipshewana - I will visit if I ever go to Indiana. In the 70's I visited Lancaster, PA - really a nice place. I wrote a Review Hub about an Amish store I visited in NY state - I was impressed and plan to return. Thanks, useful and interesting.

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      the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Very funny comment B. Leekley. During my visit, I haven't seen "Amish in-line roller skaters". That would be faster and more convenient though to go up and down the road. And i guess they are using genetically modified seeds to speed up abundant harvest time? At home, i do all the kitchen activities you mentioned for economic reasons - it's cheaper to chop my own veg. Thank you for dropping by, I appreciate it.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Shipshewana is 50 miles from where I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Maybe next summer my wife and I will shop at the flea market there. Thanks for telling about the Shipshewana Amish community and their flea market.

      A few years ago I read that the Indiana Amish decided that in-line roller skates are an acceptable mode of transportation for them.

      I think it makes sense, for the exercise and to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, to simplify somewhat, if not as much as the Amish, then more like when I was a kid, when we beat eggs with an egg beater, cut vegetables with a paring and a chef knife, kneaded dough by hand, mowed the lawn with a motorless lawn mower, raked leaves, chopped wood with an ax, wedge, and sledgehammer, etc.

      I wonder if the Indiana Amish farmers use simple, old-time corn seed or if they use genetically modified seed.

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      the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thank you dahoglund, I appreciate your sharing. It's interesting to know that they have invested and prospered in Wisconsin. They should be able to thrive for many years to come because of their wealth and unusual culture.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      We have quite a few Amish here in Wisconsin and we see them fairly often in thrift shops. I recall a History professor mentioning that back in the 1970s there was a bad economy that hit farmers. the amish who did not buy tractors and such prospered. They bought up a lot of land that was for sale then. We have seen a lot more Amish in more places since that time. sharing with followers.

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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      Maybe the Amish have it right,not moving with the times and technology. A simple life like that would suit many people better than modern living.

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      the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thank you teaches12345 for stopping by! I am happy to take part as a reminder of your wonderful memories :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      My sisters and I had a mini family reunion here about twenty years ago. We stayed at a bed and breakfast which was so wonderful. We enjoyed the meals and the shopping here most. Thanks for them trip down memory lane.

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      the girls 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Hi stessily! Your comment regarding less-exotic sounding names made me smile :-). Hope you can visit Shipshewana soon. They make almost everything with quilts. It's beautiful and it's a labor of love.

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      stessily 5 years ago

      thegirls, Shipshewana, such an interesting sounding name! I tend to equate the Amish with less exotic-sounding place names such as Lancaster or Lake Mills or Cashton. As a quilter, I have long admired the quiet sparklings of their clothing and quilts. As an appreciator of good food, I have also long enjoyed their excellent, uncomplicated yet fantastically delicious recipes. One of my favorite desserts is shoo-fly pie.

      Thank you for spotlighting Amish culture in Indiana.

      Appreciatively, Stessily