March 1, 2008

Thank goodness winter is winding down.  Easter is early this year, but it is still a good sign of warmer weather to come. 

Update on the Alphorn Gift Shop I mentioned last issue.  I understand by way of a subscriber, that they are closed for the season and will re-open in May.

Another thought on the gifts made by the Amish is to shop in one of the Care N Share Stores.  The picture above is the sign in front of their store.   It was opened to help sell items made by Amish folks with special needs.  I wrote about it quite some time ago.

Below is a quilt they had on display there last summer when I was there.  They even have a US map made out of baskets of the individual states.  Many other hand made items are for sale and it helps out those that need a little extra help.  It is located about K,L-5 on your Amish Highways & Byways Map.  Speaking of maps, they have really been selling like hotcakes lately!!

Hope you enjoy this issue!

Carol Sechriest

PS  I have also updated the photos in the photo album. 

Need an Outhouse? 

A subscriber was looking for such a thing and I knew exactly
where to find it.  KT Barn Structures on CR 77, just a short
distance north of SR 39 makes them.  (K,L-10 on your map).

They have them with 2 roof styles and I am sure you can get
the typical quarter moon cut in it if you want!

You can get a one holer or you can get a garden shed that
LOOKS like a one holer!!  Your choice!

For more details, call KT Barn Structures, 330-231-8766 and
leave a message of what you want to know and best time for
them to return your call.

Update on the new Amish Flea Market

Last fall I said something in this newsletter about the Amish Flea Market closing and becoming a new Expo Center for Holmes County.  Well, that is exactly what has happened in the last few months.
In fact, the Holmes County Expo Center has already hosted one event, the Hardwood Furniture
Builder's Guild earlier this month. 

The Amish Flea Market, minus the building where the
Expo Center is located, will remain open through this
year while a new facility will be built in front of Tis the
Season just east of Berlin about a mile and across from
Hiland High School.  The old red barn that sat there by
the road has been torn down and is being carefully

There will be a new 3 lane driveway put in, leading
to Tis the Season, The Amish Flea Market and
Schrock's Amish Farm.  Completion date for the
new building is December 2008, so the vendors can
move out of the old Flea Market and into the new one,
ready to open for business the following Spring of 2009.
Picture to the right shows workers cleaning up some of the barn, with Tis the Season, the year round
Christmas Store in the background.
Good Friday Closings

Most of you probably know and understand that the Amish are devout Christians and don't believe in working on the Sabbath (Sunday) or on religious holidays.  Such is the case with Good Friday, March 22nd. They will be open on Saturday. There will still be plenty of stores open in Berlin
Millersburg, and other towns in the area.

Closed will be: Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen in Mt. Hope, Grandma's Homestead in Charm and Grandma's Homestead in Wilmot, Boyd & Wurthman Restaurant in Berlin, plus any other Amish businesses you see on the back roads.  Many will have signs by the road.

These restaurants are open on Good Friday:  Till noon and serving breakfast buffet is Der Dutchman in Walnut Creek; Chalet in the Valley in Charm, Farmstead in Berlin, Troyer's Country Dining, Berlin;  Beachy's in Sugarcreek; Dutch Valley, Sugarcreek; Amish Door, Wilmot; Hotel Millersburg & Inn at Honey Run, Millersburg, plus your chain restaurants.

So you see, even though a lot are closed, there are still plenty of places open.  Open Easter Sunday- Inn at Honey Run, Troyer's Country Dining, Amish Door & Chalet in the Valley.

Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

Are you checking the Ohio Amish Country Calendar? 

You can check any month you like, by clicking on the arrows next to the name of the month or going to the box that says "Go To Date"  .When you find an interesting item, click on it to read the details.  (A window will pop up so you can print it out to bring with you or you can have a reminder message sent to you.)  You can sort by Category, and select the view to  by the month, week, day or get a listing of events.

Recipe from Amish Country

Dutch Apple Cake

2 c. brown sugar1 c. butter
2 eggs1 tsp. vanilla
Cream together.  Beat until light and fluffy.

3 c. flour1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. cinnamon1/4 tsp. salt
Blend into creamed mixture.

Fold in 5 c. chopped apples
Batter will be thick.  Bake in 9" X 13" cake pan for 25-30 minutes or done.

1 c. sugar2 T. flour (slightly round)
Mix slowly, then add:
1 c,. milk
Make a smooth paste.  Bring to a boil and cook until thickened.  Then add:
1/4 c. butter1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Pour over cake while still hot.  Delicious warm with ice cream.

Urie & Lizzie Ann Miller

P.88   in The Miller Family Cookbook

Get your  Amish Highways and Byways Map

It's a good idea to get one before you come here, especially if it is your first visit.  All of the B&Bs, hotels, cabins, inns and campgrounds are listed, complete with addresses and contact information.  Having all this information in your hands before you come, makes it easy to plan your trip.  They are $3.95 plus shipping (and tax if you live in Ohio).  You can get it on my website at using a credit card or online check through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to use it.  Just follow the directions. 

RECYCLE YOUR USED INKJET CARTRIDGES - we recycle them and send the
money to King World Missions in Zambia to help support King World School.   Thanks to the folks who have done this!  Send them to me at the address below.  PS.  These need to be
newly manufactured, NOT re-manufactured or already recycled.  HP, Lexmark, Cannon,  Apple, Compaq, Dell, and Xerox from home computers only.  NO EPSONS.  Thanks!

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Till next time!

Dutchland Marketing
Carol Sechriest
238 E Jackson St.
Millersburg, OH 44654

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