Greenfield Mills has been in the same family for five generations, and produces old fashioned flour and pancake mixes.
The first clue that we are entering Amish country ....
The advantage of being in these areas is that they are horse friendly, and when I reached Howe there was no problem finding a rail specially allocated for horses right in the middle of town. I was able to tether Lady and go for a bite to eat though local resident Cinda (in the fabulous hat) volunteered to keep an eye on her and my saddlebags while I was absent!
Riding past a typical neat Amish farm..
Note the standardbred horses which are first choice for harness animals to pull buggies. If there is no car outside a house, it may mean the occupants are Amish rather than out, though as in this case they may own a tractor! The Amish use post and wire fences rather than electric fencing.
Standardbred horses (which are bred for trotting and pacing races) are popular due to their speed, and the Amish buggies tear up and down the roads at a rate of knots, this one whizzing past us..
Note the warning triangle - most buggies are also fitted with flashing lights for use in dark conditions.
A common sight outside Amish farmhouses - gourd birdhouses for purple martins, who help to keep the insect population down.
Bob Pogue had phoned an Amish contact Kenny Stutzman who runs Buggy Lane Tours in Shipshewana. He let me tether Lady by his horse corral, provided feed, and also kindly allowed me to sleep in the covered wagon he had just purchased, shown below on the right. On the left is one of the buggies he uses for his tours - he is a mine of local information!
I spent a pleasant evening chatting to neighbour Marvin, and another neighbour offered me use of his shower. Thank you Kenny, and also to the Chicago gentleman who paid for my meal at the cafe.