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Wisconsin Amish, Part I

PHOTO: I found this kind of amusing and just a testement to Amish entrepreneurialism: a harness shop and a bakery rolled into one! 

I had the opportunity to visit a couple of Amish settlements in Wisconsin this past week.  Wisconsin has experienced an explosive growth in its Amish population over the past 10 years.  The area that Amish are really flocking to is in the west-central part of the state near the town of Cashton.  I didn't make it there, but I did make it to a couple of other older, smaller settlements.  The first one was just north of Brodhead, Wisconsin.  There are a handful of church districts around Albany, Wisconsin, and one around Brodhead.  This is in the south-central area of the state near the Illinois line.  Near Brodhead, Rachel and I visited Detweiler's Bent N Dent, which is an Amish-owned and run "salvage store", where one can find all sorts of deals on slightly expired foods, dented cans, and cosmetics.  Heck, Rachel even found a bargain on a car charger for her Ipod!   I will have a video from this store to share soon.  This Brodhead settlement is very small, with one schoolhouse, one church district and a harness shop that shares space with a bakery.  At the end of July the settlement holds an auction at the schoolhouse to raise funds for the pupils.   One interesting observation: the Amish woman at the Bent N Dent was wearing a wedding ring on her finger, something I have not seen before. 

Word of warning, it seems many Amish-owned bakeries in Wisconsin seem to be just open for business on Fridays and Saturdays.  I'm not sure if Wisconsin just regulates home-based bakeries to death and that they can only operate two days a week, or perhaps the settlements are just two small to support a 6-day a week operation?  If anyone from Wisconsin has any insights, please share.  Meanwhile, I'll talk about my visit to the Dalton area in the coming days!

baire702's picture

Re: Wisconsin Amish, Part I

Hi Kevin, I would like to remind you about posting about the rest of your trip to Dalton area, WI. Hint, hint, hint. :-)

 

-Carylanne

Re: Wisconsin Amish, Part I

Just thought I'd share..my hubby did online Christmas shopping,and ordered me several Amish-made gifts from a place called"Down a Country Road" in Cashton,WI. There is a handmade wooden bowl,two quilted potholders,two handmade bars of soap,a cookbook,  a couple of magnets,and one that hasn't arrived yet. The shop owners aren't Amish,according to the leaflet enclosed,but apparently live near and work closely with them. The items are all made by Amish craftsmen and women. He also gave me a handmade oak bucket,but it was made by Lancaster Cty. Amish..his sister brought it up when they came for Christmas. They also brought his puppy..a German shorthair for hunting birds. Santa works in odd ways and means,doesn't he? If I sounded "braggy",I'm sorry. I am just excited about the neat things he gave me!

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Barb, I'll have to check that place out...interesting...Cashton, Wisconsin is sort of THE place to move in Wisconsin if you are Amish...it's just really hot/trendy right now..plenty of land available..close to a train line/bus line, but it is a very conservative community...

baire702's picture

Re: Wisconsin Amish, Part I

Hi Kevin, I want to remind you about posting Wisconsin Amish Part 2. I am looking forward to what you have to say about going to the Dalton, WI area. did you get to Mishler's?

-carylanne

Re: Wisconsin Amish, Part I

Hi Kevin,

I was at the Oven Fresh Bakery,near Dalton on Saturday and she said she did not know why they were open on Fri. and Sat only, she only commented that the other bakery was also open only those 2 days, so no real insight there. Looking forward to your postings about your trip to the Dalton and Cashton areas.

Merry Christmas to all.

Renee

 

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Re: Wisconsin Amish, Part I

Hi Kevin, how exciting it is to read about your trip here, to Wisconsin! I felt badly that I couldn't make it to Dalton area while you were there. I had too many appliances to repair on my bench to take the day off.

I am really looking forward to your writing about your visit to Dalton area.

-CarylAnne