So – yesterday I mentioned that my wife and I had a date at an Amish bulk food store (E&S Sales in Shipshewana, Indiana) and suggested that you (faithful readers) also need to make a pilgrimage to experience one of these stores yourselves.  So today I offer my list of unique things you might encounter when you make your trip.

  • Arrow root
  • Textured vegetable protein
  • Purple and blue popcorn (Not flavored.  The kernels are actually purple and blue.)
  • 96 varieties of cookie sprinkles (And get this – my wife was disappointed with the selection.  “We’ve had all of these before.”)
  • Chia seeds
  • Hearts of wheat
  • Steel cut oat groats
  • Jalapeño eggs
  • 25 varieties of vanilla extract and imitation extract, including one in powder form
  • 1 gallon containers of marshmallow crème
  • 1 oz of saffron (for $76)
  • 1.5 lb. bags of mustard seeds (enough faith to move many mountains there)
  • Blueberry cheese
  • Prayer coverings for Amish dolls

And two other random sights from Amish country:

  • A line of dresses, hanging on the back porch of one house in order to dry.  The dresses were arranged in rainbow order.  Just a little expression of individuality in a culture that stresses community.
  • A father?  Or older brother?  Someone with a girl in a pony cart practicing her driving in empty church parking lot.  Turns out that the Amish do it just like the “English”.