Viroqua, WI Farmer's Market
9/7/2014 - Add a comment

Viroqua, WI Farmer's Market

Another place to visit while on the western side of the state is the Viroqua Farmer's Market. Located at 116 South Rock Ave, this popular farmer's market has goodies for everyone. 

The Viroqua Farmer's Market is held May - October each Saturday from 8 am - noon. 

Viroqua, WI Farmer's Market

Among the local vendors, farmers, and craftsmen, you will find Amishmade wares and goods sold by the Amish themselves. 

Viroqua, WI Farmer's Market

Double J-R Bison Ranch Viroqua, WI

One of the vendors we discovered at the Viroqua Farmer's Market was Double J-R Bison Ranch. 

I am very adamant when it comes to the meat I purchase for my family. It has to be grass fed, grain fee, antibiotic and hormone free. Unfortunately, this kind of meat is difficult to find in the area I live. And if I can find it, it's usually $10 or more per lb. 

I was so disappointed for not bringing a large cooler with when we were in this area. The prices on bison from Double J-R Bison Ranch are fantastic. So fantastic that we plan on going back to the area this month to purchase their bison in bulk. 

If you are interested in purchasing bison from Double J-R Bison Ranch, the contact information is below:

Double J-R Bison Ranch
S4908 Nottingham Rd.
Viroqua, WI 

608-606-4881
608-606-3558

They do have frozen bison ready for purchase at the Viroqua Farmer's Market. They also had Buffalo Jerky and Buffalo Sticks among other items. 

Note: Double J-R Bison Ranch does not ship and they are not Amish.



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Trail's End Amish Walmart in Ontario, WI
9/7/2014 - Add a comment

Trail's End Amish Walmart Onatrio, WI

One of the most interesting Amish stores in Wisconsin that I have ever run across is located in the western part of our state in Ontario. Close enough to Cashton, Westby, Viroqua, and Soldier's Grove, Trail's End is way up on a high ridge and the final destination on a dead end road. As a matter of fact, the first time I discovered this place, I had thought we were driving on private property. 

Known to the locals and the Amish of the area as the Amish Walmart, I personally find it to be a mixture between a junk yard, 7 Mile Fair, and vintage and antique lovers paradise. I have never left there empty handed. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

There is only one sign directing you to Trail's End, and that sign is somewhat vague without the arrows that we normally see on Amish built signs. As you can see above, the sign is on the opposite side of the road that leads you to Trail's End. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End is open Friday and Saturday only. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Below are a few tips for visiting Trail's End:

  • Bring a flashlight. Depending on the weather and the time of day, the inside of the store can be quite dark. 
  • Wear sturdy shoes. If you plan on exploring the back area or the large pole shed attached to the store, do not walk around in sandals or flip flops. 
  • Do not allow children to wander. The back area can be dangerous. There are trailers filled with heavy and rusty items that could easily hurt someone.
  • Wear gloves. If you plan on searching for treasures, you will need gloves. 
  • Don't be afraid to haggle. I've talked the cashier down in price every time I have made a purchase. 
  • Bring cash or a check. They do not accept credit or debit cards. 
  • Watch for wandering animals. There are hogs, cows, chicken, and other animals wandering the entire area. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin
Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

When you walk in the store, you will only be in one part. If you walk to the middle and turn right, there will be a closed door. That door leads you to the attached pole shed where you can still look around. Please be careful in this area. As you can see from the photo above, which was taken in the attached pole shed, there are items like the board with nails sticking out. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Every time we do visit Trail's End, I make a beeline for the shelving to the right when you walk in the doors. I am always able to find vintage blue Mason jars with zinc lids for $3 and under. The ones above were only $2.50. For those that know anything about vintage blue Mason jars, you may be a bit jealous of me right now. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Behind the Trail's End building is where the "junk yard" is. There are definitely some interesting items back there but again, please be careful. 

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin
Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Trail's End 
S302 A Little Ridge Road
Ontario, WI 54651

Hours: Friday & Saturday
8 am - 6 pm

Trail's End will also buy and trade.

Trail's End Amish Walmart Ontario Wisconsin

Above is a photo of some of the items we purchased on our last visit to Trail's End. 



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20 Free Amish Kindle eBooks
8/25/2014 - Add a comment

Free Amish Kindle Books I get a lot of requests for free Amish eBooks so I thought I would start a weekly post on the current free Kindle eBooks. This list may often repeat itself because Amazon usually has the same books for free over and over. I do a daily post of Free Kindle eBooks on my main website, What Rose Knows, but I do not add as many Amish books because my readers on that site do not request them. However, you may find other books that interest you.

Remember, a Kindle is not required to read these books. You can get a free Kindle app for your iPod/iPhonePCMACBlackberryWindows Phone 7AndroidiPad, and Android tablet.

Important note (PLEASE read): Amazon prices do change quickly and without notice. Please understand that if you are visiting this post at a later time (note date stamp above), the price may not be the same. Please confirm the pricing in your cart before you submit your order

The Choice (Lancaster County Secrets Book #1): A Novel

An Unforgivable Secret (Amish Secrets - Book 1)

Preacher's Daughter, The (Annie's People Book #1) (Annie's People)

Courting Cate (The Courtships of Lancaster County Book #1): Volume 1

A Home in the West (The Amish of Apple Grove)

Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book #1)

The Widower's New Wife - Volume 1 (Short Story Serial): Starting Over? (Amish Fiction Books, Amish Romance)

Danika's Journey (Amish Girls Series - Book 2)

Heavenly Temptation (Amish Romance)

Christmas at Pebble Creek (Free Short Story) (The Pebble Creek Amish)

Home to Pebble Creek (Free Short Story) (The Pebble Creek Amish)

Let Love In (Amish Romance)

Amish Wedding

If I Left (Amish Romance)

Grace's Story

Chasing Heaven (Amish Romance)

Heavenly Blessing (Amish Romance)

Amish Snowflakes: Volume One: Winter Letters

Whoopie Pie Bakers: Volume One: Silvery Snowflakes on Lancaster (Romance and Amish Short Story Series) (Whoopie Pie Bakers: Volume One: Silver Snowflakes ... (Amish Christian Short Story) Book 1)

Heaven Driven: Volume One: Clouds Below Heaven (An Amish Christian Romance Short-Story Book)

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