Shipshewana: A Shopper’s Paradise

Shipshewana is a bustling village with quaint shop-lined streets, specialty retailers, and home-style dining.

Amish horse and buggy outside Yoder's Meat & Cheese Company. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Amish horse and buggy outside Yoder’s Meat & Cheese Company. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Shoppers search for handcrafted items, baked goods, and what-not behind picturesque turn-of-the-century storefronts.

The Midwest’s largest flea market brims with bargains and hundreds of vendors. Livestock and antique auctions attract serious buyers and the simply curious.

Horse-pulled buggy rides through town and into the countryside are a welcome diversion for weary feet. A strong Amish culture ensures a family-friendly atmosphere and closed shops on Sunday.

Shopping at Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware store is popular, as is exploring the Davis Mercantile building, a huge historic structure with a variety of stores inside. On the top floor of the mercantile is the Shipshewana Carousel Company, where you can take a ride on a fully restored 1906 carousel.

Menno-Hof: See and hear the Amish-Mennonite Story

See and hear the Amish-Mennonite story  at Menno-Hof in Shipshewana. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

See and hear the Amish-Mennonite story at Menno-Hof in Shipshewana. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Multi-image presentations and historical environments offer a glimpse into the life and history of the Amish and Mennonites. Travel through five centuries of fascinating history from their origins in Switzerland to their arrival in America. History unfolds as you explore a 17th century sailing ship and replicas of a 19th century print shop and meeting house. Experience the simulation of a tornado as the wind blows and the theatre shakes.

Admission: $6.50; children ages 6-12, $3.50; family rate available

Address: 510 South Van Buren Street, PO Box 701, Shipshewana IN 46565

Phone: (260) 768-4117

Website:  MennoHof.org

Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction

Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Shipshewana Flea Market and Auction © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Midwest’s largest Flea Market is held every Tuesday and Wednesday (8:00 a.m.-5 p.m.) from the first of May through the end of October, you can find hundreds of vendors selling everything from fresh fruit to handcrafted furniture at the Shipshewana Flea Market. Over 900 vendors on 100 acres offer a variety of products from fresh produce and landscaping to crafts and handcrafted furniture and everything in between.

One of the most popular destinations in the Midwest, the Shipshewana Auction started in 1922 when six pigs, seven cows, and several head of young cattle were sold at the home of George Curtis. Now, home to two major auction barns, three weekly auctions, and a number of specialty auctions, Shipshewana Auction has a bit of something for everyone.

Address: 345 South Van Buren Street, PO Box 185, Shipshewana, IN 46565

Phone: (260) 768-4129

Website: ShipshewanaFleaMarket.com

Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware

Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware is one of the few remaining old-fashioned hardware stores. Since 1968, Yoder’s has provided both local and visiting customers a unique selection of merchandise ranging from hand tools and paint to kitchen gadgets and glassware.

Address: 300 B South Van Buren Street, PO Box 639, Shipshewana, IN 46565

Phone: (260)768-4163 or (877) 988-9309 (toll free)

Website: YodersHardware.com

Yoder’s Meats & Cheese Company

Four generations of experience in meat cutting and raising cattle have made Yoder’s Meat & Cheese Company who they are today.

Yoder’s stock over 100 varieties of cheese products manufactured largely by different cheese-making operations in the Amish Mennonite communities of Indiana and Ohio.

Also available is over 100 cuts of quality farm-fresh meat, hickory wood-smoked meats, 19 varieties of jerky and gourmet food including homemade noodles, jams and jellies, fruit betters, salsas, and seasonings.

Address: 435 S. Van Buren Street (SR5) Shipshewana, Indiana 46565

Phone: (260) 768-4715

Website: yodersmeatshoppe.com

Yoder Popcorn

Yoder Popcorn © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Yoder Popcorn © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In 1936, Rufus Yoder started growing popcorn on his family farm. In the Amish custom, he shared his excess crop with his neighbors and friends. They told their friends and neighbors about the excellent quality of Yoder Popcorn, and soon a business was born.

After Rufus retired, his children Larry and Pauline, continued to market Yoder Popcorn. In 1999, Yoder Popcorn was purchased by Rufus’ great niece, Sharon, along with her husband Richard and their youngest son, Russell. Besides operating the Popcorn Shoppe, they farm 1,700 acres which includes the acreage around the Shoppe.

Location: 4 miles of Shipshewana on SR-5; ¼-mile east on CR200S

Address: 7680 W 200 S, Topeka, IN 46571

Phone: (260) 768-4051 or (800) 892-2170 (toll free)

Website: yoderpopcorn.com

Please Note: This is Part 4 of a 7-Part series on Amish Country

Worth Pondering…

Amish children are usually named after aunts or uncles or some other relation. Keeps the family names going.”
—Sarah Price, Fields of Corn

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