Coffee & Conversation: A ride to an Amish network offers hazard to fulfill new people

This week, I had the great pride to journey with 52 farm bureau contributors to Shipshewana, Indiana. Shipshewana is a small community of fewer than 800 people; this is visited with the aid of over one million people each year. Shipshewana is a vacation spot for folks who need to explore an Amish network and visit the big open-air flea marketplace and many different points of interest.

On Monday, we traveled from Freeport to Shipshewana in which we stayed at the Farmstead Inn. Later that night, we traveled to a nearby Amish domestic for dinner. There, we have been greeted with a heat welcome and we enjoyed a meal prepared specially for us. Our tremendous meal protected meatloaf, ham, salad, mashed potatoes, noodles, and pie.

Tuesday, we spent the day with an excursion guide who confirmed us several neighborhood favorites, including a bakery and Amish marketplace. That nighttime we saw the manufacturing of “Simple Sanctuary” on the Blue Gate Theater in downtown Shipshewana. Our very last day changed into spent as an “unfastened day.” Our attendees selected between purchasing at Downtown Shipshewana and the huge out of doors flea market. This trip supplied our participants with a tremendous opportunity to journey, visit a new vicinity, and meet new people. We are operating on our trip schedule for the approaching yr. If you have thoughts or tips, please contact our workplace at 815-232-3186 and ask for Victoria.

Peach order bureaucracy now to be had: The much-expected peach order paperwork are actually to be had. Once again the Stephenson County Farm Bureau will provide clean, delicious peaches from Rendleman Orchards, located near Alto Pass in southern Illinois. Rendleman Orchards is a family business that has been in operation considering 1873, offering fine products in the course of the u. S .. To sweeten your peach order, a component of every container ordered might be donated to the Stephenson County Farm Bureau Foundation. This basis affords high faculty and college students with scholarships. Here are some details:

• They are available in 25-pound containers.

• Pick up at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, predicted transport mid-August, depending on the climate.

• Orders should be picked up inside forty-eight hours of transport.

• Price is $33 according to a container for farm bureau individuals or $38 consistent with the field for nonmembers.

Please name the Stephenson County Farm Bureau 815-232-3186 to location your order or to have an order shape sent to you.

Dairy Days Parade entry bureaucracy to be had: This 12 months’ Dairy Day parade will take vicinity at 1 p.M. June 23. To input your enterprise, membership or company, please pick out up an access shape at the farm bureau office, 210 W. Spring St., Freeport, or down load it from our website at stephensoncfb.Org. Call our office with questions at 815-232-3186. Parade entry is free.

Calling all antique tractor drivers: This yr Stephenson County Farm Bureau will now not be website hosting our Annual Tractor Drive. Instead, to show off the tractors that have participated in our tractor pressure formerly, we would really like to strive something different. This yr we’re inviting people who would love to expose off their tractors to take part in one among 3 methods. The first choice is to participate in the Dairy Day parade and in a tractor display at Union Dairy. The different alternatives are to participate in most effective the parade element or simplest the tractor display portion. The Dairy Day parade will take location at 1 p.M. June 23 in downtown Freeport. The Tractor display will begin at 2 p.M.. However, tractors can be parked prior to the start of the parade. Visit our website to print a registration form or name 815-232-3186 to have one despatched to you.

Ag Breakfast: It is from 6 to ten a.M. June 22 at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds. This delicious $five breakfast consists of sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese, espresso cake, milk, coffee and ice cream; yes, ice cream for breakfast. This one-of-a-kind occasion has something for the entire family. Skip the price tag line with the aid of buying tickets in advance of time on the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at 210 W. Spring St., Freeport.

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