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What's in store for Amish Heartland?

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: November 3, 2014 12:00 AM
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The holidays are just around the corner. The streets of Amish country are buzzing with activity as travelers are stocking up on their favorite Amish fares for the holidays. But it's not just the Amish goodies that attract the visitors. Popular TV shows have piqued the curiosities of the travelers and many just want to know what the Amish culture is really about.

I sat down with a couple of volunteers at the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin to learn a little bit more about the guests to the Amish heartland. This year alone, they have already seen visitors from over 150 different countries across the globe. These foreign travelers come with questions of faith, agriculture and sustainability.

Lester Beachy shared with me the story of two German gentlemen who made the trip to Amish country this summer and wanted to experience the Amish culture firsthand. The two men went home with new ideals of family, faith and community.

Community leaders from underdeveloped countries take back with them ideas of living and thriving with simple farming practices, business practices and even schooling ideas. It was interesting to me to hear what different cultures take away from the Amish way of life.

But for those of you that are on your way to take in all the shopping and Amish goodies, there is still plenty to be taken in. Holiday Open Houses will be in full swing at some of your favorite Amish stores. Don't miss out on the goodies our featured stores of the month have for you.

For all you cheese lovers looking for a tasty snack, stop out at Shisler's Cheese House. From the moment you walk through the doors you feel like you are a welcome. Rita Shisler always has a big smile for her customers and a store filled to the brim with the most unique cheese flavors. Don't forget your Ben Heggy's chocolate which makes a perfect holiday gift.

The Primitive Porch has all your holiday décor needs from the rustic country styles, to the primitive and even antiques. If you find something you like, you better snatch it up fast because it may not be there when you return for it. Their wide selection of holiday décor items and antique finds are always changing. There is something new to discover every time you walk through the door.

Keep up-to-date with the biggest town events and individual store open houses with our calendar of events. There is always something going on this time of year, whether it's holiday shopping deals, holiday parades or special Christmas celebrations. We will keep you informed with what is going on!

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