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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Esther

    I live in SW lower Mich and have visited Shipshewanna (northern Indiana). I have always enjoyed seeing the horses and buggies, but the best thing is always the wonderful flower gardens of the Amish farmers. The color that is lacking in their clothes is overwhelmingly present in their lovely gardens.

  2. brenda

    Curious to know how much the general public is encouraged to shop in these stores. Are we welcome or tolerated because they are really there as a service for their community ??

    1. Lisa

      We live in Massachusetts, but have land in Island Falls. Maine. It is a short 15 minute trip by car to The Pioneer Place and we are in there all the time. The Amish owners and customers are quiet but very friendly towards us. We feel very comfortable and welcomed there. We are not merely tolerated. The prices are amazing as is the variety of wares they carry.

      In the summer months, they have a very well stocked farm stand out front – complete with baked goods, local cheese. eggs and meats.

      Next door is Kauffman Metals and Sturdi-bilt Storage Building – both of which are Amish owned. Over the last couple of years we have purchased two sheds from Sturdi-bilt, and are making our larger one (12 X 32) into a cabin. Everyone there is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

      Just five minutes away is a shop with beautiful, quality hand-made rustic Amish furniture.
      We enjoy the whole area.

      1. Kevin

        Lisa, a belated welcome to Amish365.com! And good to know about the farmstand in the summer, that sounds awesome. You are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful corner of the country! – Kevin

      2. nathaniel senderoff

        My wife and I love spending time in Island falls..we also shop at the Amish store whenever we are in northern Maine and love Grammys dinner also

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