By Kevin Williams
"Salvage groceries" or "bent and dent" have become big business among Amish entrepreneurs seeking alternate occupations than farming. These stories really took off during the Great Recession, but have remained popular ever since.
Personally, I'm not a huge bent and dent fan. I'm not a "food snob" I just...can't get enthused about a dented can of beans or an expired box of cereal. I know, I know, the stuff is still perfectly fine. Okay, maybe I am a food snob. I don't know. Anyway, judging by the parking lot yesterday , I am in the minority. On a Tuesday afternoon it was packed. Losantiville Grocery is a relatively new business near where US 35 and US 36 (boy, mix up one digit at that intersection and you'll be going west when you should be going north!) meet near a small town called Losantiville. This no-man's land between Richmond and Muncie, Indiana has really been experiencing a huge growth in its Amish population the past few years. You get a mish-mash of Amish with their roots in Lancaster, PA while others come from the Berne area of Indiana.
Losantiville Grocery is Amish-owned and features a deli offering up cheese, meats and sandwiches to complement the rest of the store's offerings of "salvage goods." I saw boxes of Stove Top stuffing for .75 cents and boxes of generic corn flakes for $2.25 (I never buy Corn Flakes, is that a good price? Didn't seem like it to me, but maybe brand-name non-salvage Corn Flakes are expensive). Anyway, if you are in that area and like "bent and dents" the store is worth checking out! Here are some scenes from my visit!