Shop in Harmony, Southeast of Rochester
The rural community of Harmony, in the Bluff Country of southeast Minnesota, is a great weekend shopping destination, with a focus on antiques and Amish goods. There are about 100 Amish homesteads in the nearby farm country, and several shops in town feature their hand-crafted items.
The Amish Connection on Main Street is a gift shop with Amish-made baskets, quilts, furniture and other home décor items. R&J Woods, at the edge of town, has a large selection of furniture beautifully hand-crafted from oak and cherry, including tables and chairs, bedroom sets and much more. The Village School, an Amish quilt shop in an old schoolhouse, is in the Village Green. Nearby, the Village Depot, in an 1890s train depot, also carries Amish quilts, preserves and other gift items, and the Sugar Plum House features the Amish candy "cashew crunch" along with ice cream and sandwiches.
Some businesses in town will arrange tours to Amish farms, where visitors can buy baskets, quilts, baked goods and furniture directly from their creators, and learn more about their lifestyle. On Saturday mornings, the Amish sell baked goods, preserves and vegetables at the farmers market in Harmony.
Antiques are the other find in town. Generations of Harmony Antique Mall is a large space with 85 dealers, offering vintage jewelry, glassware and dishes, and a variety of other collectibles. I Love Antiques is housed in the old newspaper shop and Ann-tiques & Collectibles is tucked into a residential neighborhood.
Essence of Harmony, on Main Street, features a variety of unique gift items. Old Ways New Ideas focuses on crafts from local artists, including rosemaling and ceramics. Knitters will enjoy a visit to Austin's Goat Farm for angora and mohair yarn and knitted goods, and carvers will find woods and tools at Slim's Woodshed.
Shopping works up an appetite and Main Street offers a handful of good spots for lunch, including home-made pie at the Village Square and Harmony House. For dinner, check out the eclectic gourmet menu at the Quarter Restaurant and Wine Bar, a relaxing way to cap off a great day of shopping.
More info: www.harmony.mn.us