INSPIRATION & THE BIG YELLOW BARN

I am so inspired by Americana. That is why it has been my dream to visit this roadside candy store in the midwest. It's a beautiful big yellow barn that is over a football field long surrounded by corn fields and a yellow picket fence. I walked in smiling ear to ear. It was more amazing than I ever could have imagined. Every inch of the barn is covered in colorful displays of delicious, sweet temptation. It has over 3,000 types of candy and the world's largest soda collection along with jigsaw puzzles, beef jerky, syrup, hot sauces, jams, caramel apples and homemade apple pies. 

The yellow barn actually started as an Apple Farm years and years ago. The apple pies are still made by Herbert, the most adorable 88 year old grandpa who goes by the name Hippy. The highlight of the trip was meeting Hippy and seeing him serve his warm pies fresh out of the oven. See the photo below. Needless to say, he had me at "hello."

The barn is mainly staffed by Hippy's grandkids. When you check-out, the store doesn't take credit cards and doesn't scan your purchase. In fact, the store doesn't even have a phone number! "If we had a phone number out there, we'd be answering the phone all the time," explains Hippy. 

Americana at its best. "You betcha."

 

 I am obsessed with the art and history of hand painted signs. 

I am obsessed with the art and history of hand painted signs. 

 The colors!

The colors!

 Meet Hippy, the sweet 88 year-old grandpa who makes the apple pies. 

Meet Hippy, the sweet 88 year-old grandpa who makes the apple pies. 

 It was hard to decide which kind of candy to get, but my favorite is old fashioned black licorice.

It was hard to decide which kind of candy to get, but my favorite is old fashioned black licorice.

 Dang, it was AMAZING! 

Dang, it was AMAZING!