MARKET DAY

The weather forecast called for overcast skies with intermittent rain showers. We figured today would be a good day to do our marketing. I took advantage of the opportunity to take Don into Nappanee to visit the new Amish bakery & market I had discovered last Thursday. So into the truck the 3 of us piled for an hours’ drive southwest of the campground through bucolic countryside & quaint small towns.

     

Not only is there ample parking for your vehicle but for your horse & buggy too.

Not only is there ample parking for your vehicle but for your horse & buggy too.

First stop on our travels, Coppes Commons. The Coppes building has been around longer than  the town of Nappanee has. Nappanee was platted in 1874 & the sawmill portion of the Coppes building opened in 1873. The original building was later enlarged to include lumber, milling & furniture construction. Nowadays it houses several shops, a bakery, lunch counter, ice cream parlor, market & deli, as well as a craft area where local Amish made goods are on display for purchase. If you’re lucky, sometimes you may even see crafters in action. Today there was a woman sitting at a huge old-fashioned loom weaving an area rug.

Our first stop was the Amish market where we stocked up on prepackaged soup, pancake & rice mixes, homemade pasta & pretzels, spiced pecans, & a jar of black strap molasses. Next stop, the bakery, Don’s favorite place to browse & shop. Couldn’t believe he passed up the whoopie pies but indeed he did. This time he chose cookies. Peanut butter ones with buckeyes in the center & old-fashioned molasses ones as well.

It was noon by then so we stopped at the lunch counter to eat. We both ordered club sandwiches. Don ordered a whole on fresh-baked Italian bread with local made American cheese. I had a half on fresh-baked wheat with provolone. It came with homemade from scratch soup. Don had the chicken noodle & I had the cream of broccoli. It also included a drink, potato salad & fresh-baked cookies. Delicious! No wonder our pants are getting snug. We decided to top it off with what else but Rocket Science ice cream. YUM, MY FAVORITE!

Step 1: Mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl

Step 1: Mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl

Step 2: Apply the liquid nitrogen

Step 2: Apply the liquid nitrogen

Step 3: Stirring the ingredients to get an even freeze

Step 3: Stirring the ingredients to get an even freeze

This was Don & Tucker’s first taste of Rocket Science ice cream. Don was as fascinated watching the ice cream making process as I was the first time I’d seen it being made. (I did ask the proprietor for permission to take photos as it is impolite to photograph the Amish. I assured them I would not photograph their faces & they happily granted me permission.) I once again ordered the Malted Chocolate Malt Balls flavor, Don had the Peanut Butter Crunch, while Tucker ordered his usual, Vanilla. Don declared it to be excellent & Tucker gave his choice 2 paws up. (Of course to be honest here, Tucker gives all ice cream 2 paws up.)

     

Next stop, Wakarusa for a stop at The Wakarusa Dime Store. “The store has roots in the Wolfberg Department Store. Established in 1907 by Mose Wolfberg. Mose would travel much of Elkhart County with a pack on his back, selling his wares from farm to farm previous to establishing the Wolfberg Dept. Store. Soon, Wolfberg added a variety store which today is the Wakarusa Dime Store. In the late 1960’s in an effort to establish a candy for the newly created Maple Syrup Festival, Wolfberg’s son, Louie, came upon the idea of Jumbo Jelly Beans. Selling 100 pounds at the 1st festival. The Wakarusa Dime Store today sells over 75 tons.”

     

A display of old time candy packages. Placards show favorite candies of each decade

A display of old time candy packages. Placards show favorite candies of each decade

We discovered this little gem a couple of years ago & it quickly became a favorite place to shop. Not only did I count 32 different flavors of jelly beans, there is just as many, if not more, flavors of salt water taffy. There are several varieties of  handmade fudge & chocolates. There is packaged candies from past decades.  I seriously do believe they carry every type of candy ever conceived. There’s even an old Coke dispenser with a wide selection of old-fashioned soda pop. I’d love to bring all the grandkids here to see their eyes bulge right out of their sockets. I’d fill ’em up on sweets, then promptly send them home. HaHa.

     

Remember these?

Remember these?

This "Grandma's Garden" quilt design is made entirely of jelly beans & is displayed above the check out counter

This “Grandma’s Garden” quilt design is made entirely of jelly beans & is displayed above the checkout counter

We made our selections. I picked out bags of salt water taffy & several kinds of old-fashioned licorice for my father, his favorites, & a bag of assorted spiced jelly beans for me. Don chose the huge chocolate malt balls. They come in milk & dark chocolates. Then we literally rolled out the door.

We’ve got our snacks ready. Bring on the Detroit Tiger game.

Todays' take

Todays’ take

Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………………………….

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2 thoughts on “MARKET DAY

  1. Gay and Joe,

    We loved your pictures of Arches, we plan on going west next summer and your posting is very interesting……….
    Thank you
    Gayle and Don

  2. Hi Don and Gayle,
    I love you market day! Markets are my favorite way to spend Saturday mornings. Rocket ice cream is a new one…sounds very interesting. The jelly bean quilt is way cool.

    Thanks for checking out good-times-rollin.blogspot.com. I have added you to our blog roll! Looking forward to reading more.

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